Ontario fails to track complaints against Crown attorneys
Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur says her
ministry lacks a centralized system, raising questions about oversight of
Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur acknowledges that her ministry has no
centralized method for tracking complaints against misbehaving prosecutors.
Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General has no idea how many
complaints have been lodged against its nearly one thousand
prosecutors from across the province, or how many have been
disciplined for misconduct in recent years.
The lack of organized, accountable oversight, legal observers
say, marks a “failure” by the government to properly scrutinize
complaints against its Crown attorneys: public servants
responsible for making important decisions such as who to
prosecute for crimes and recommending sentences for those found
“Only with proper oversight can the public have confidence in
our justice system and those who administer it,” Anthony
Moustacalis, president of the Criminal Lawyers Association, said
in a statement to the Star.
An ongoing Star investigation has discovered cases where Crown
attorneys were the focus of sexual harassment complaints and
other accusations of misbehavior. The Star’s stories
in the provincial legislature, and Attorney
General Madeleine Meilleur was asked to provide an accounting of
all complaints against Crowns and their outcome.
In a letter, written in response to those questions, Meilleur
said: “The Ministry does not have a centralized system for
tracking complaints with respect to Crown Attorneys. Therefore,
to compile global statistics would require a search of each
individual personnel file for all Crown Attorneys employed in
over 60 offices across the province.”
Despite not having centralized information on internal
complaints and their outcomes, Meilleur wrote that Crowns are
held to the “highest standard” and “are expected to conduct
themselves professionally and fairly at all times” in accordance
with Crown policy and professional conduct rules dictated by the
Law Society, the independent body that oversees all lawyers.
While the Law Society can investigate and discipline
prosecutors, legal observers say complaints against prosecutors
are often dealt with internally by the ministry — investigations
that are kept secret and, now, evidently not tracked. (The Law
Society, which represents nearly 50,000 lawyers of all types in
Ontario, told the Star that over the past 23 years only nine of
2,200 disciplinary hearings have involved prosecutors.)
Meilleur’s letter says complaints to her ministry from staff or
the public against prosecutors are dealt with by their direct
superiors — either the head Crowns in their local office or a
“After a review, if the conduct falls short of expected standards,
appropriate remedial or disciplinary action will be considered,” says the
Sylvia Jones, the Conservative MPP who raised questions about Crown
oversight in the legislature this summer, called the Attorney General’s
response “incredibly frustrating.”
Jones said the government is either not being honest about not having the
numbers, or — what she said would actually be “more disturbing” — they don’t
know how many complaints there have been.
“There’s no way for us to judge whether it’s good or it’s bad, because
there’s no numbers,” said Jones. “How do you fix something if you’re not
Jones requested the information about complaints and disciplinary actions
resulting from those complaints back in July, by way of filing what is
called an order paper, which required a response from the ministry within
four months. The ministry responded just before the deadline, on Nov. 24.
(The Star asked for the same information in August, in hopes of getting it
sooner, but was told by a spokesperson it would “not be appropriate” to
respond to the Star’s request in advance of responding to Jones’ request.)
Jones filed the order paper after hearing about a Brampton Crown attorney
who left his job in 2012 amid sexual harassment allegations.
A Star investigation found John Raftery
was the subject
of a group sexual harassment complaint while employed at
the Brampton Crown office and received a hefty payment (double his annual
salary, or nearly $370,000) after he suddenly left his job.
Raftery has declined to comment about the payout or the allegations of
harassment during his time as a Crown.
In January, the former Crown-turned-defence lawyer was charged with assault
and criminal harassment of two young women who worked at a Mississauga
grocery store. Those charges were dropped in October after the Crown said
there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.
That wasn’t the only recent case involving alleged misbehaviour by
Toronto police charged
a Scarborough Crown attorney with assault causing
bodily harm after a late-night pub fight with a colleague. The charges were
dropped in June, and the prosecutor entered into a peace bond stipulating he
would not return to the pub for a year.
In April, another Scarborough Crown attorney was accused of threatening a
youth witness outside a courtroom, putting the future of a schoolyard
assault trial in jeopardy. A
judge later ruled
his conduct was “unprofessional,” “crude” and
“reprehensible,” but did not abuse the court process.
The ministry has repeatedly said it does not comment on “confidential human
The Star has filed an access-to-information request, asking for any records
related to alleged prosecutorial wrongdoing. The ministry denied the
request, citing labour relations issues and solicitor-client privilege. An
appeal to the province’s information and privacy commissioner was also
One Crown attorney, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the
response from the ministry is unacceptable.
“The system protects the worst Crowns, who suffer no consequences,
professionally or financially,” the prosecutor said. “The reality is, when
Crowns engage in bad behaviour it reflects poorly on all of us. The fact
that Crowns are almost never disciplined and that (the Ministry of the
Attorney General) doesn’t even see fit to track this information is really
demoralizing to the rest of us who try and do a good job every day.”
Jayme Poisson can be reached at 416-814-2725 or
Jennifer Pagliaro can be reached at 416-869-4556 or
Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre
Borden Ladner Gervais, while they are to be commended on this very charitable
act, might like to consider making a name for themselves in dealing with those
who bring discredit to the Legal Profession, undermine the Rule of Law and bring
the administration of justice into ill repute.
A bedtime story for lawyers about Vivian Lee and Robie Stewart Loomer of Ottawa.
The Ontario Attorney General, Madeleine Meilleur turns a blind eye when it comes
to her female buddies in the Crown's officer in Ottawa who commit "obstruction
of Justice" that governments use the term "Prosecutional misconduct".
It's like how Ontario Police have immunity from prosecution and the public
should report their criminal offences to their Sanitizing organization called
the OIPRD but that's another story.
Recently an Ottawa Lawyer Robie Stewart Loomer filed documents with the
Ontario Superior Court with a well known court clerk. He falsely swore an
of Service that he had PERSONALLY served the documents on the Family Law office
in Ottawa when he had not.
Robie Stewart Loomer however has a long reputation for committing perjury on his
own affidavits of service and encouraging his clients to do the same and a host
of other criminal offences.
The evidence included his Perjured Affidavit, 3 witnesses from the law
office who also swore affidavits that not only did Robie Loomer fail to serve
but they personally confirmed he had filed without service with the court clerk
who was yet another witness. Court staff joke about him and say "Robie Loomer
does that all the time, he is famous for it".
Robie Stewart Loomer is also notorious for the dirtiest crimes anyone can commit
anywhere in the world. As a lawyer with all the right contacts, from Crown's
thru to the Attorney General, he has total immunity from Criminal and or Civil
This underbelly of the legal profession, telephones the Ottawa Police and the
CAS and falsely claims he has evidence that fathers have records as pedophiles
without a shred of evidence. The object was to remove a child from a full time
father and a victim of what lawyers referred to as the worst case of domestic
violence they had ever seen, to place with the child with the "mother's Aid
Society" who would predictably tell a judge to give them an order for custody of
a child/ren for the mother, exparte, without a hearing or notice.
In this case, the Ottawa Police did open a case regarding Perjury by Robie
Stewart Loomer and refused to either investigate or lay charges against Robie
An information charging Robie Stewart Loomer with Perjury reached the Ontario
Court of IN-Justice by way of a "Private Prosecution" under S.507 of the
Prior to the very first hearing " a Pre-enquete" the Corrupt Crown
Attorney VIVIAN LEE "Stayed the charges".
Just how much evidence does it need to "make out a case" for perjury?
There is a double standard. One set of Rules for the friends of the Attorney
General and another for those are male victims of domestic violence who are
convicted of the crime of Heresy if they dare mention that a woman was violent.
Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur runs Justice on by granting criminal
immunity to her criminal friends, Crown Attorney's & lawyers.
Ottawa Mens Centre