Mandate the use of body recording equipment by court security officials to help stop the harassment of citizens at our courts

 

I am in support of the use of body mounted video/audio recoding equipment by all security officials at courthouses. 

What disturbs me and has motivated me to write this letter to you is that after speaking to other citizens and doing research over the social media I have come to learn that my experience is not isolated within the realm of the Canadian Justice System. I have come to learn that many others hold serious reservations and distrust about the Canadian Justice System and the manner in which justice is being served at our courts. 

Time has come to put an end to the harassment and intimidation of Canadians at our courts by court security officers

Recently, I had a very terrifying and unpleasant experience at my local courthouse in Sault Ste Marie Ontario. During my attendance at the court, I was threatened, intimidated, humiliated and harassed to the point where the police officers ordered me to leave the courthouse property because I told them I was going to file a complaint against them. It was a blatant abuse of police power and authority and certainly not the type of environment that Justice officials should be providing for Canadians at their courts. Canadians should feel safe, secure and welcomed at their courts of justice. For your reference, I have attached my letter send to the Manager of Court Services which will provide details of my experience. What disturbs me and has motivated me to write this letter to you is that after speaking to other citizens and doing research over the social media I have come to learn that my experience is not isolated within the realm of the Canadian Justice System. I have come to learn that many others hold serious reservations and distrust about the Canadian Justice System and the manner in which justice is being served at our courts. 


Not that long ago, some unknown person set fire to files in our own courthouse causing damage and closure of the courthouse. Below is a link to the story: 
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Of the hundreds of testimonials about abuse the courts, one that stood out to me was a letter from a war veteran, Maurice Conway to all Canadians. I have attached his letter for you to read. 

About a month ago sometime tried to firebomb the front entrance of the Hamilton, Ontario courthouse. I verily believe these events are a warning sign of the growing resentment of the justice system by Canadians. Access to transcripts which have not been altered by judges has become almost impossible today to obtain today. 

My research uncovered that the abuse of citizens at courthouses by court officials, lawyers and judges has been an ongoing problem for many years. It seems that many Canadians are seeing the judges, courts and lawyer as their enemy. This is not the way our courts should be viewed by the citizens of Canada. Canada’s justice system should set an example for the world. 

One very prominent lawyer with over 35 years on the bar spoke at a public event within the past week about the broken family court system. He talks about the citizens having “figured out” what is going on in our family courts. Many agree with him. His testimony can be seen at the following link: 
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While I am not writing this letter to deal with the multitude of serious problems facing Canada’s Justice System, I would like to address the issue of abuse of citizens at the courthouses by overzealous police officers whose duty is to provide security for the courts. The only way to put an end to this sort of abuse of members of the public is to enact legislation or to implement procedures at the courts which will required that ALL security officers at the courthouses who have the authority to detain or question members of the public be required to wear body worn video/audio recording devices and to have these devices operating at all times when dealing with the public. 


Video/audio recording devices are used in many jurisdictions in the United States with great success. Costs of such equipment is comparable to equipment without audio/video recording capabilities built in. An example of one manufacture of such equipment can be seen at the link: 
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Use of such equipment will not only protect members of the public from officers who abuse their power and authority but help provide protection to court officials who may find themselves the subject of assaults, threats and false allegations. The benefit of such technology to all parties is abundantly clear. The use of such equipment will significantly improve the respect for the courts and the administration of justice. 

In response to my personal letter to you, I have only one very simply request. I simply ask that you confirm receipt of this mail by providing your response to the following question, “Do you, as the Prime Minister of Canada support the use of body mounted video/audio recording equipment by officers at courthouses as a reasonable measure to promote accountability and protection of the public.” Your support of such technology at our courts will go a long way in making this goal a reality in the not to distant future. Your response in support of recording technology would be greatly appreciated. It’s about time that the one problem relating to the abuse of citizens at our courts be resolved with technology designed for this very purpose. 

Yours truly, 
Vincent Schiele
Sault Ste Marie Ontario Canada

Source:
Re: Dear Prime Minister Harper (See attachment)

Letter in pdf format: 
Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Canada Court Division / The complaint today 26 Dec 2013 had been not responded to by any authority, other then with further harassment! 

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