UPDATE: Justice minister reverses some budget cuts

Andrew Robinson
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The Department of Justice has decided to reverse some of the cuts it was planning to introduce as a result of the 2013 provincial budget.

Meeting with reporters this afternoon at the Confederation Building, Justice Minister Darin King said two sheriff's officers, two Legal Aid lawyers and three Crown prosecutors will be kept. Existing vacancies with Legal Aid lawyers (three), deputy sheriffs (King believed there were five-to-seven vacancies), and Crown prosecutors (two) will also be filled.

The minister also announced that a review will be conducted to look closer at staffing in Legal Aid and the provincial sheriff's office.

The announcement from government came one day after officials with the Department of Justice and cabinet ministers met with stakeholders from the court system.

King said the meeting was "very frank and very productive". He also made note of the considerable feedback received, adding  that legitimate concerns were raised.

For more on this story, read Friday's edition of The Telegram.


Earlier story

Justice Minister Darin King and Attorney General Tom Marshall will be making an announcement today on the results of the justice stakeholder committee meeting regarding recent budget cuts.

The ministers are meeting with reporters at 1:30 p.m. at Confederation Building.

The Telegram will provide further updates as soon as more information is available.


Organizations: Confederation Building

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Recent comments

  • Jake
    April 11, 2013 - 18:45

    Cut now and review later. What strategy is that?

  • Sonia
    April 11, 2013 - 18:35


  • Bob's Your Uncle
    April 11, 2013 - 18:01

    Total Mismanagement on behalf of the Dunderdale Government of the public purse! This would never happen under Danny's Rule, same players just a different leader...hmmm. Off with their Heads!

  • Whaddaya At
    April 11, 2013 - 17:50

    Darin King said the meeting with stakeholders regarding cuts to the Justice system was ' very frank and productive '. In other words, the stakeholders were able to bang some common sense into his head, something he didn't have when he approved the cuts in the first place. Come election time, King and the rest of them are history anyway.

  • Concerned
    April 11, 2013 - 16:55

    80% of the population wants this so called government gone, and they know that, that's why it only took one meeting to change this STUPID decision they made in the first place. Out biggest worry should be, whats going to happen to us once we have to start paying for musk rat falls. This should be their main concern now, knowing that 70% of our population make less than $40 thousands a year.

  • MM Says
    April 11, 2013 - 16:32

    The gov't told us they would be saving us One Billion dollars in the budget.I guess they are going to go out and start spending some of the savings.Seems like they slashed and burned and are now just going to re instate everybody.Does this mean we are still going to be1.6 billion in debt or do we just get to keep the false numbers that the Gov't has given us.

  • Bill
    April 11, 2013 - 16:12

    Government mismanagement and incompetence at its best!

  • Rosemarie
    April 11, 2013 - 15:08

    I voted for this government and I'm now wondering why. I am still scratching my head at the ad hoc way important issues and decisions are made. Come on government and start runring our province more professionally.

  • Just Us
    April 11, 2013 - 14:11

    When Jerome Kennedy was bringing down the budget he must of bought a pair of FLIP FLOPS instead of a new pair of shoes. WE must first Thunk before we cut and slash jobs and have a actual plan or strategy for moving forward.

  • Scott Free
    April 11, 2013 - 14:09

    This is a typical Tory tactic; throw up a trial balloon to measure reaction. If the court of public opinion is opposed to a particular issue, then retract and make the public think they have a say and that their opinions count. Danny did it for years; announce the worst case scenario, then pull back a little and let the electorate feel that they played a role in the "consultation".

    • Bill
      April 11, 2013 - 20:16

      Spot on analysis of what's at play here.

    April 11, 2013 - 13:51

    Trust that the Gander Lawyer is included in those reinstated. Now we need to push for legislation in favour of and protection for whistle blowers. This IS a Democracy..

  • Jeff
    April 11, 2013 - 13:43

    Looks like our government has folded like a lawn chair.... whether their decisions be "right" or "wrong" in the eyes of the public they should at the very least stand by those decisions otherwise what confidence can we have in any of their decision making now or in the future if they are constantly second guessing and amending them.

  • flexxa
    April 11, 2013 - 13:42

    ...whether it be a a budget or employment figures it seems this government just can't ever get its number right. at least they are consistent in their ineptitude!

  • John
    April 11, 2013 - 13:37

    Simply goes to show how poorly thought out these job cuts were. The fact that they are backtracking is another sign that this government is completely incompetent and must go asap.They are not wanted or need anymore and are a detriment to the functioning of the province.

    • ivy
      April 11, 2013 - 15:16

      Totally agree with the comments from John. yes, indeed, it does go to show how poorly thought out, these job cuts were.

  • disgusted
    April 11, 2013 - 13:30

    Wouldn't you have thought the consequences of the cuts would have been thoroughly considered BEFORE they were made? "Legitimate concerns were raised" - this should have been part of pre-budget consultation process. Let's move on to the other departments, please, and reverse the decisions about which "legitimate concerns" have been made in each. My next pick would be Environment.

  • david
    April 11, 2013 - 13:26

    Newfoundland financial management ..... a carefully devised recipe of opportunism, porkbarrel rewarding, union placating, ad hoc vote-buying, and criticism avoidance. Topped off by flinging it all against the wall to see what sticks. A delicious meal of principle-free, empty calorie, pablum. Kids love it!

  • Don
    April 11, 2013 - 13:25

    government does listen to the people.

  • skipper
    April 11, 2013 - 13:22

    As i have been saying for years the Blunderdale govt. do not have a clue on what they are doing.If over 50% of the voters wanted them out could they be ousted out?

  • Kent
    April 11, 2013 - 13:14

    Looks like King will be dining on a nice meal of crow tonight.

    • Redgrave
      April 11, 2013 - 19:08

      Do you honestly think Justice Minister King wrote an inter office memo to Kathy Dunderdale and said " Yo K, I want to try and run my department on next to nothing in our upcomming budget....wha'd ya say?" "Hey Kathy, don't worry, I'll take all the heat--- heck, I barely get any sleep as it is, if we have to reverse it all later...what the hay!"