New trial date set for Trevor Pardy
Accused murderer Trevor Pardy is not giving up his bid to have the provincial government pay his lawyer private rates.
Trevor Pardy appears in court in this Telegram file photo.
When his case was called
in Newfoundland Supreme Court in
St. John’s Monday, Pardy announced he plans to challenge a judge’s decision that ruled his lawyer of choice must be paid at Legal Aid rates.
“I intend to appeal,” Pardy told Justice Wayne Dymond.
Pardy, charged with first-degree murder, represented himself on Monday.
St. John’s defence lawyer Bob Buckingham had represented Pardy in October during a four-day hearing to argue the merits of an application Pardy had filed.
Pardy had asked to have the province’s attorney general cover the cost of his private counsel at a rate of pay above what the Legal Aid Commission allows.
Legal Aid approved funding for Pardy to cover the cost of private counsel at Legal Aid rates, or to supply a Legal Aid lawyer, but Pardy argued the Legal Aid rate of $60 per hour is too low to obtain an experienced lawyer.
But in a decision handed down last month, Justice James Adams disagreed and denied the application. Adams said there are a number of Legal Aid lawyers with sufficient experience and expertise who are available and willing to represent Pardy.
Pardy wants Buckingham to represent him, but Buckingham refuses to do it at Legal Aid rates.
Pardy has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of Triffie Wadman, his former girlfriend, on Oct. 1, 2011, in St. John’s. He has been in custody ever since.
His trial had been set to start this month, but was delayed due to his legal representation issues.
Despite the pending appeal, Dymond opted to schedule a new date for Pardy’s trial.
Dymond and Crown prosecutor Iain Hollett agreed to have it begin Nov. 4, 2014. Jury selection will be held the day before.
“That’s 11 months away,” Dymond said to Pardy. “It should give you plenty of time (to resolve solicitor issues) ...
“In the meantime, we’re going to proceed. … Whatever counsel represents you has to be ready for November.”
Dymond then added, “I was ready to do this trial a year and a half ago.”
About a half-dozen of Wadman’s family members, including her sister and father, were in court for the proceedings. They walked out once again disappointed by the delays.