Law and justice

FILE - Britney Spears supporter Kiki Norberto holds a hand fan outside a court hearing concerning the pop singer’s conservatorship on March 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. When Spears speaks to a judge at her own request on Wednesday, June. 23, 2021, she’ll do it 13 years into a court-enforced conservatorship that has exercised vast control of her life and money by her father. Spears has said the conservatorship saved her from collapse and exploitation. But she has sought more control over how it operates, and says she wants her father out. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Explaining court conservatorships as calls to #FreeBritney mount

Pop star’s life and fortune of more than $50 million regulated by legal conservatorship

FILE - Britney Spears supporter Kiki Norberto holds a hand fan outside a court hearing concerning the pop singer’s conservatorship on March 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. When Spears speaks to a judge at her own request on Wednesday, June. 23, 2021, she’ll do it 13 years into a court-enforced conservatorship that has exercised vast control of her life and money by her father. Spears has said the conservatorship saved her from collapse and exploitation. But she has sought more control over how it operates, and says she wants her father out. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Richard Wagner speaks during a news conference to update Canadians on the work of the Supreme Court, in Ottawa, on Thursday, June 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Virtual Supreme Court hearings to continue beyond pandemic, chief justice says

Richard Wagner says video technology has improved efficiency, saving time and travel costs

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Richard Wagner speaks during a news conference to update Canadians on the work of the Supreme Court, in Ottawa, on Thursday, June 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during an appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol

Appeal Court rejects stay for Alberta couple facing third trial in son’s death

Pair accused in their earlier trials of not seeking medical attention for their son sooner

David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during an appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Supporters rally outside court in Edmonton on March 4, 2021, as Pastor James Coates, of GraceLife Church appeals his bail conditions after he was arrested for holding services in violation of COVID-19 rules. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Judge dismisses charter application of pastor on trial for violating health orders

Alberta trial to reconvene at the end of June to decide on the constitutionality of health orders

Supporters rally outside court in Edmonton on March 4, 2021, as Pastor James Coates, of GraceLife Church appeals his bail conditions after he was arrested for holding services in violation of COVID-19 rules. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
The accused’s case was heard by Judge Robert Brown on Tuesday, June 1. Stock photo

Grand Forks court hears plea in sexual assault case

The accused did not appear at the city courthouse Tuesday, June 1

The accused’s case was heard by Judge Robert Brown on Tuesday, June 1. Stock photo
The man appeared before Judge Robert Brown at Grand Forks provincial court on Tuesday, June 1. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks man pleads not guilty to charges related to city arrest

The accused allegedly damaged an RCMP vehicle last summer, according to a provincial court judge

The man appeared before Judge Robert Brown at Grand Forks provincial court on Tuesday, June 1. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Paul Bernardo sits in the back of a police cruiser as he leaves a hearing in St.Catharines, Ont., in this file photo. Convicted teen killer and serial rapist Bernardo will have another parole hearing this month.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Rapist and killer Paul Bernardo set to have parole hearing June 22

Now 56, Bernardo became eligible for parole more than three years ago but was denied release in 2018

Paul Bernardo sits in the back of a police cruiser as he leaves a hearing in St.Catharines, Ont., in this file photo. Convicted teen killer and serial rapist Bernardo will have another parole hearing this month.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
A man holds a sign during a protest against the proposed Vancouver Model for illicit drug decriminalization, in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on May 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver sends drug decriminalization pitch to Health Canada for federal review

“Vancouver Model” proposes personal possession threshold levels for 15 common substances

A man holds a sign during a protest against the proposed Vancouver Model for illicit drug decriminalization, in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on May 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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Grand Forks drug trafficker to be sentenced in Castlegar

Ryan Plotnikoff pleaded guilty to trafficking meth, following his November 2020 arrest by Grand Forks RCMP

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Accused drug-trafficker Matthew Straume did not show up for his scheduled appearance at the Grand Forks Court House on Tuesday, April 6. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Judge orders warrant for Grand Forks man accused of drug-trafficking

Matthew Straume did not show up for his scheduled appearance at the city courthouse Tuesday, April 6.

Accused drug-trafficker Matthew Straume did not show up for his scheduled appearance at the Grand Forks Court House on Tuesday, April 6. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
The man was arrested for allegedly driving drunk in Grand Forks last November, court documents show. Stock image

Grand Forks man to stand trial for drunk driving charges

The accused pleaded not guilty to two Crown charges last week

The man was arrested for allegedly driving drunk in Grand Forks last November, court documents show. Stock image
Bryan Jacques is charged with one count of possession of stolen property and one count of tampering with a Vehicle Identification Number. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Rock Creek man to appear in Grand Forks court in connection with stolen truck

The truck was reported stolen in August, according to Midway RCMP

Bryan Jacques is charged with one count of possession of stolen property and one count of tampering with a Vehicle Identification Number. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
The Crown’s cases against the accused are set to resume at the Grand Forks courthouse on Tuesday, April 6. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Accused drug-trafficker appears at Grand Forks Courthouse on federal charges

The accused could face a ‘significant’ sentence if convicted, said Judge Robert Brown

The Crown’s cases against the accused are set to resume at the Grand Forks courthouse on Tuesday, April 6. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Grand Forks Courthouse. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks’ meth trafficker to be sentenced this spring, city courthouse hears

Judge Robert Brown ordered the sentencing hearing at Grand Forks provincial court on Tuesday, March 9.

Grand Forks Courthouse. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
The accused was arrested in connection with an alleged stabbing at a Greenwood motel last fall, according to Midway RCMP. Stock photo

Provincial court hears case of Greenwood motel stabbing

The accused is due to be arraigned at Grand Forks next month, the court heard

The accused was arrested in connection with an alleged stabbing at a Greenwood motel last fall, according to Midway RCMP. Stock photo
The accused did not appear at Grand Forks Provincial Court Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Man to stand trial in Grand Forks for incest

The man was arraigned at the city courthouse Wednesday, Feb. 10

The accused did not appear at Grand Forks Provincial Court Wednesday, Feb. 10.
The city courthouse heard the case against Grand Forks’ Joshua Johnstone who on Tuesday, Feb. 9, reversed his earlier guilty plea. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks man reverses guilty plea in alleged Greenwood assault

The man pleaded guilty under “pressured circumstances,” Grand Forks Provincial Court heard Tuesday, Feb. 9

The city courthouse heard the case against Grand Forks’ Joshua Johnstone who on Tuesday, Feb. 9, reversed his earlier guilty plea. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
The accused’s case was heard at Grand Forks Provincial Court on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks woman set to decide how she’ll be tried for fraud

The 27-year-old woman allegedly committed the fraud two years ago in Grand Forks

The accused’s case was heard at Grand Forks Provincial Court on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
The 29-year-old man pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving at Grand Forks Provincial Court Tuesday, Nov. 17. File photo

Grand Forks man gets 3-months curfew for role in Highway 3 chase

Guilty man thanked Judge Robert Brown, said he is committed to recovering from addiction

The 29-year-old man pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving at Grand Forks Provincial Court Tuesday, Nov. 17. File photo
Two men got into a fight over a Grand Forks’ flower display last summer. One of the men resolved an assault charge by entering into a peace bond at Provincial Court Tuesday, Nov. 17. File photo

Grand Forks man takes peace bond after flower fisticuffs

Harsh words over a downtown flower display led to violent confrontation, said Crown attorney

Two men got into a fight over a Grand Forks’ flower display last summer. One of the men resolved an assault charge by entering into a peace bond at Provincial Court Tuesday, Nov. 17. File photo