McGuinty Government Names Commissioner Of Public Inquiry Into Oversight Of Ontario's Pediatric Forensic Pathology System

    Report To Be Delivered Within One Year

    TORONTO, April 25 /CNW/ - The Honourable Mr. Justice Stephen Goudge of
the Court of Appeal for Ontario has been appointed to lead a public inquiry
into the oversight of Ontario's pediatric forensic pathology system in the
wake of the Chief Coroner's review into the work of Dr. Charles Smith,
Attorney General Michael Bryant announced today.
    Under the terms of reference, the report is expected within one year.
    "I am very pleased Justice Goudge has agreed to lead this Inquiry,"
Bryant said. "He is a most respected jurist who I believe is just the person
to give us solid recommendations to restore and enhance public confidence in
pediatric forensic pathology, and its future use in investigations and
criminal proceedings. We must get to the bottom of what happened and ensure
nothing like this happens again." Justice Goudge will be assisted by an expert
medical and scientific panel chaired by Senator Larry Campbell, former Chief
Coroner of British Columbia.
    "Given the complexity of the subject matter of this Inquiry, we want to
ensure Justice Goudge has expert resources available to support him," said
Bryant. "Mr. Campbell has the depth and breadth of experience to ensure the
Inquiry has the scientific and medical knowledge and insight needed to fulfil
its mandate."
    In carrying out his systemic review, the Commissioner will not report on
any individual cases relating to Dr. Smith's work. This is to ensure the
integrity of any ongoing or future court proceedings, and in recognition of
existing Criminal Code processes for addressing potential wrongful
    "Crown counsel have been assigned to the individual cases," said Bryant.
"We will be quickly disclosing to defence counsel the case-specific results we
have received from the Coroner, and we are ready to respond to any next steps
by the defence. We will cooperate fully and do all we can to expedite access
for individual cases where injustices are claimed to the institutions that
resolve such claims."
    Justice Goudge was managing partner of a major Toronto law firm before
being appointed to the Court of Appeal in 1996. During his distinguished 26
years in litigation practice, he appeared before many administrative tribunals
and Courts at all levels in Ontario and before the Supreme Court of Canada. He
was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1982. Justice Goudge was active in the
Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. He is a
Judicial Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

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For further information:

For further information: Greg Crone, Ministry of the Attorney General,
Minister's Office, (416) 326-1785; Brendan Crawley, Ministry of the Attorney
General, Communications Branch, (416) 326-2210

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