Inquests & Inquiries
The lawyers at Goldblatt Partners have represented clients at many coroners inquests and in public inquiries and commissions advocating for broad reforms to enhance our public institutions and justice system. These include the Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar (O’Connor), the Walkerton Inquiry (O’Connor), Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario (Goudge), the Royal Commission on the Donald Marshall, Jr. Prosecution (Hickman) and the Commission of Inquiry into Events of March 18, 1996 at Queen’s Park (Estey).
In addition to acting on behalf of parties with standing at these important public proceedings, we have also acted as commission counsel, including in the Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada (Krever) and the Cornwall Public Inquiry (Glaude).
We view our role at an inquest or inquiry as focused on ensuring that our clients are effectively represented, while understanding that the public component of these hearings provides a rare opportunity for our clients to participate in the development of law and policy that will affect their personal and professional lives.