After one of the attorneys representing seven churches contesting public health directives admitted to hiring a private investigator to monitor a Manitoba judge hearing over the case, a human rights lawyer has filed a professional misconduct complaint against them.
The president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, John Carpay, confessed in court on Monday that his organization hired a private investigator to monitor the Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Glenn Joyal.
Joyal said in court that he became aware of a car following him after leaving the Manitoba law courts building in downtown Winnipeg on July 8 and drove about the city.
The private investigator even followed him to his private property and had a little lad ring his doorbell while he was not there to establish where he resides. Joyal said that the private investigator also followed him to his villa.
Carpay stated in a statement that the decision was made on his own initiative to hold authorities accountable. He stated that he did not discuss it with Justice Centre clients, staff lawyers, or board members.
He apologized to Joyal, calling it a mistake. He claims that no other judges have been consulted. The chief justice stated that Carpay accepting responsibility for his conduct “goes a long way” and that the circumstances would not hinder his ability to deliver an independent, fair, and objective outcome to the trial.
According to Warman, it’s more than just a lapse of judgment. A representative for the Winnipeg Police Service said the investigation is underway but declined to speak further.