Updates from the Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario: Oral arguments on October 4, 2007, re summons served on College of Physicians and Surgeons; start of public hearings on November 21, 2007



    TORONTO, Sept. 27 /CNW/ - The Honourable Stephen Goudge, Commissioner of
the Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario, will hear arguments
on October 4, 2007, regarding a summons that the Commission has served on the
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario for copies of complaint files
and systemic documents, which the Commission maintains, are relevant to the
work of the inquiry. Counsel for the CPSO has advised the Commission that it
is precluded from producing any documents in answer to the summons by virtue
of the provisions of section 36 of the Regulated Health Professions Act.
    In addition to the oral submission on October 4, Commission Counsel,
Counsel for the CPSO and counsel for Dr. Charles Smith are preparing written
submissions to address the issue.
    Oral submissions are expected to be held at the Inquiry's Hearing Room,
180 Dundas Street West, 20th floor. Since the Hearing Room is still under
construction, interested parties are asked to check the inquiry's web page
(www.goudgeinquiry.ca) on October 3, 2007, in case a change of venue is
required.
    The written submissions of all parties will be posted on the Inquiry's
website no later than October 3, 2007. A transcript of the oral submissions
will be posted on October 5, 2007.

    Public Hearings to Begin November 12, 2007

    The Commissioner has announced that the Inquiry's public hearings will
begin on November 12, 2007. They will continue until December 21, 2007, and
resume on January 7, 2008. The hearings will be held Monday to Friday. The
Commissioner is to deliver his final Report to the Attorney General no later
than April 25, 2008.
    The hearings will be held at the Inquiry's hearing room, 180 Dundas
Street West, 20th floor.
    The Inquiry's mandate is to conduct a systemic review and an assessment
of the policies, procedures, practices, accountability and oversight
mechanisms, quality control measures and institutional arrangements of
pediatric forensic pathology in Ontario from 1981 to 2001 as they relate to
its practice and use in investigations and criminal proceedings. The
Commissioner is to make recommendations to address systemic failings and
restore and enhance public confidence in pediatric forensic pathology in
Ontario. The Commissioner is to deliver his final Report and recommendations
to the Attorney General no later than April 25, 2008.
    The Commission's mandate does not include reporting on any individual
cases that have been or may be subject to a criminal investigation or
proceeding.
    More information about the Inquiry is available on the Commission's web
page www.goudgeinquiry.ca





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For further information: Peter Rehak, Media Relations contact for the
Inquiry, (416) 212-6877

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