“Former Supreme Court justice Ian Binnie made similar comments during a panel discussion last year on the Groia case.
“In the hothouse of a trial, particularly when you have a vicious battle going on . . . it is extremely difficult for somebody to come after the event and pick it apart and say, ‘Well, you really shouldn’t have said that,’” he said.
“A judge is running a trial in order to achieve a disposition in the case. And if the conduct of lawyers is getting in the way of achieving that, then it’s time to do something about it. And if the judge loses control of the courtroom, it seems to me the problem is we’re not getting the right judges.”
Read more: Admission of judge’s comments in Groia hearing challenged. (Yamri Taddesse, Law Times, September 16, 2013)