MLA’s civil suit postponed

The original trial start date of July 13 won't go ahead as planned but a new date will be scheduled soon

  • Jul. 8, 2015 5:00 p.m.

A civil trial about potentially slanderous comments made about Skeena NDP MLA Robin Austin at an all-candidates forum during the May 2013 provincial election has been postponed.

A new trial date has to be chosen because of the difficulty with the amount of time reserved to hear evidence, meaning the case wasn’t able to proceed, said Austin’s lawyer Roger McConchie.

The trial by jury had been set for July 13 for 10 days for a supreme court justice to hear from plaintiff Skeena NDP MLA Robin Austin and defendants James Lynch and Michael Brousseau and decide if, and how much, damages should be awarded to Austin for allegedly slanderous words spoken by Lynch and believed to be influenced by Brousseau, according to Austin’s civil case notice of claim filed in January 2014.

New dates will be chosen in the near future.

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