New Brunswick (Minister of Social Development) v. J.K. et al., (2015) 431 N.B.R.(2d) 275 (FD)

Judge:Ferguson, J.
Court:Court of Queen's Bench of New Brunswick
Case Date:December 05, 2014
Jurisdiction:New Brunswick
Citations:(2015), 431 N.B.R.(2d) 275 (FD);2015 NBQB 2
 
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N.B. v. J.K. (2015), 431 N.B.R.(2d) 275 (FD);

    431 R.N.-B.(2e) 275; 1124 A.P.R. 275

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Temp. Cite: [2015] N.B.R.(2d) TBEd. JA.017

Renvoi temp.: [2015] N.B.R.(2d) TBEd. JA.017

New Brunswick (Minister of Social Development) v. J.K., M.L., S.L. and J-P.G.

(FDN 201-2011; 2015 NBQB 2; 2015 NBBR 2)

Indexed As: New Brunswick (Minister of Social Development) v. J.K. et al.

Répertorié: New Brunswick (Minister of Social Development) v. J.K. et al.

New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench

Family Division

Judicial District of Miramichi

Ferguson, J.

January 6, 2015.

Summary:

Résumé:

A nine year old girl was the subject of an application by the Minister of Social Development for a guardianship order aimed at extinguishing the parental rights of the biological parents. The mother brought a motion asking that an order be issued conditionally staying proceedings until a lawyer was appointed, paid for by the Minister of Justice, to represent her interests at the trial.

The New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench, Family Division, dismissed the motion.

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Civil Rights - Topic 1206.5

Security of the person - Right to psychological integrity (incl. dignity, reputation, etc.) - [See Courts - Topic 1765 ].

Civil Rights - Topic 4652.3

Right to counsel - Entitlement - Custody cases - Parent's interests and rights - [See Courts - Topic 1765 ].

Civil Rights - Topic 4658

Right to counsel - Entitlement - Guardianship cases - [See Courts - Topic 1765 ].

Courts - Topic 1765

Powers - Appointment of counsel - To represent parent in protection proceedings - The Minister of Social Development applied for a guardianship order aimed at extinguishing the parental rights of the biological parents of a nine year old girl - The mother brought a motion asking that an order be issued conditionally staying proceedings until a lawyer was appointed, paid for by the Minister of Justice, to represent her interests at the trial - The New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench, Family Division, dismissed the motion - The child was not in the custody of the mother at the time of apprehension, nor had she been since May 2011 - The child had been with her grandmother for one year prior to coming into the Minister's care on the last occasion in September 2014 - Prior to that, the Minister had the child under various court and voluntary temporary custody orders since May 2011 - When the child was in the care of her grandmother, the mother did not spend considerable time with the child, provide aspects of care and control of the child or participate in significant decision-making with respect to the child's health or education - Nor was the mother's life interwoven with the child - These were all requirements set out in New Brunswick (Minister of Justice and Consumer Affairs) v. C.M. (2012 NBCA) - The mother failed to establish that she fell into the category covered by the decision in New Brunswick (Minister of Health and Community Services) v. J.G.and D.V. (1999 SCC), as interpreted in C.M. - Her motion had to be denied on that basis.

Droits et libertés - Cote 1206.5

Sécurité de la personne - Généralités - Droit à l'intégrité psychologique (y compris dignité, réputation, etc.) - [Voir Civil Rights - Topic 1206.5 ].

Droits et libertés - Cote 4652.3

Droit à l'assistance d'un avocat - Droit - Affaires de garde - Intérêts et droits d'un parent - [Voir Civil Rights - Topic 4652.3 ].

Droits et libertés - Cote 4658

Droit à l'assistance d'un avocat - Droit - En matière de tutelle - [Voir Civil Rights - Topic 4658 ].

Tribunaux - Cote 1765

Pouvoirs - Désignation d'un avocat - Pour représenter un parent lors d'une instance en protection - [Voir Courts - Topic 1765 ].

Cases Noticed:

New Brunswick (Minister of Health and Community Services) v. J.G. and D.V., [1999] 3 S.C.R. 46; 244 N.R. 276; 216 N.B.R.(2d) 25; 552 A.P.R. 25, consd. [para. 3].

New Brunswick (Minister of Social Development) v. J.P. et al. (2013), 409 N.B.R.(2d) 301; 1062 A.P.R. 301; 2013 NBQB 288 (Fam. Div.), refd to. [para. 13].

New Brunswick (Minister of Justice and Consumer Affairs) v. C.M. (2012), 397 N.B.R.(2d) 321; 1028 A.P.R. 321; 2012 NBCA 45, consd. [para. 16].

New Brunswick (Minister of Social Development) v. T.S. et al. (2009), 351 N.B.R.(2d) 162; 904 A.P.R. 162; 2009 NBCA 67, refd to. [para. 16].

J.R. et al. v. New Brunswick (Minister of Social Development) et al. (2010), 365 N.B.R.(2d) 377; 939 A.P.R. 377; 2010 NBCA 81, refd to. [para. 16].

New Brunswick (Minister of Social Development) v. K.W. et al., 2010 NBQB 406, refd to. [para. 16].

Statutes Noticed:

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, 1982, sect. 7 [para. 3].

Counsel:

Avocats:

Michelle S. Brun-Coughlan, for the Minister of Justice;

J.K., per se;

Charlotte Bourque, for the Minister of Social Development;

Yves Robichaud, for the child J.L.

This motion was heard on December 5, 2014, before Ferguson, J., of the New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench, Family Division, Judicial District of Miramichi, who delivered the following decision on January 6, 2015.

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