June 15, 2011 – Notice of a Pre-Hearing Conference

Please be advised that the pre-hearing conference that had been scheduled for June 13, 2011 has now been re-scheduled for June 27, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. It will be held on the 12th floor, 1125 Howe Street. I am requesting all Participants and their counsel, if possible, to attend.

At the pre-hearing conference, I ask that the Participants who have not been granted funding by the government to address the following issues:

  • The need for them to be represented by legal counsel at the hearing portion of the Inquiry;
  • How their interests may be impacted if funding for legal counsel is not provided; and
  • A description of the communication they have had with the Attorney General’s office with respect to: any input that was sought from them to help the Attorney General’s office make a decision about funding and whether any basis was provided to them for the denial of funding.

 

I would be pleased to hear from both counsel and the Participants themselves on these matters, so I can fully understand the effect that the Attorney General’s decision will have on their ability to participate and the ability of this Commission to fulfill its terms of reference.

So that all Participants can be accommodated, I ask that oral submissions be limited to 15 minutes. Written submissions from counsel &/or the Participants will be accepted, but are not required.

Any questions regarding this pre-hearing conference should be directed to: Ms. Jessica McKeachie, Research Counsel, at jmckeachie@missingwomeninquiry.ca or 604-566-8026.

The Hon. Wally Oppal, Q.C.
Commissioner
Missing Women Commission of Inquiry
June 15, 2011