Accused murderer Trevor Pardy’s lawyer must be paid legal aid rates: judge

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A man accused of murdering his former girlfriend will have to have a lawyer paid legal-aid rates.

Trevor Pardy appears in court in this Telegram file photo.

The decision was handed down by a Newfoundland Supreme Court judge today in the case of Trevor Pardy.

“I am satisfied that there are a number of legal aid staff lawyers with sufficient experience and expertise who are available and willing to represent Mr. Pardy on the charges he is facing,” Justice James Adams said in his written decision.

“He has not satisfied me on any objective basis either under the court’s inherent jurisdiction, the Charter, or any statutory provision that on the balance of probabilities his right to a fair trial would be detrimentally affected by such representation.

“An accused does not have to like a lawyer to be able to form a reasonable solicitor/client relationship ...

“I am satisfied that any competent, experienced criminal lawyer could ensure that Mr. Pardy receives a fair trial.”

The decision was made following a four-day hearing last month that was held to determine whether the office of the Attorney General should cover the cost of Pardy’s private counsel at a rate of pay above what the Legal Aid Commission allows.

Pardy was represented by Bob Buckingham at the hearing.

Legal Aid has already approved funding for Pardy to cover the cost of private counsel at legal aid rates or a legal aid staff lawyer. Pardy has argued the legal aid rate of $60 per hour is too low to obtain an experienced lawyer to represent him.

Pardy has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of Triffie Wadman, his former girlfriend, who was killed Oct. 1, 2011, in St. John's.

His trial had been set to start this month, but was delayed due to the legal representation issues. A new date won't be set until that is resolved.

The case will be called again in court Dec. 2.

 

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Organizations: Charter, Legal Aid Commission

Geographic location: St. John's

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  • Lilly
    November 07, 2013 - 16:34

    best news I've heard all day... this would have opened a huge can of worms for all future cases

  • Michelle
    November 07, 2013 - 15:13

    Awesome. Why should the taxpayers have to foot the bill for a high priced lawyer?