The Lieutenant Governor in Council appoints a Commissioner to head a public inquiry. The Commissioner is responsible for reporting findings and making recommendations relating to the administration of justice in the province. The Commissioner has the power to summon witnesses, require them to give evidence, and require them to produce documents.
The Honourable Roger Salhany, Q.C., is the Commissioner of the Taman Inquiry.
Mr. David M. Paciocco is commission counsel for this inquiry and is assisted by Mr. W. Vincent Clifford.
Commission Counsel is a lawyer who works for the Commissioner. His role is to represent the public interest. Commission Counsel does not represent any particular interest or point of view and, unlike in a trial, his role is neither adversarial nor partisan.
Commission Counsel plays a key role in locating, organizing and preparing the presentation of evidence. He is responsible for bringing all relevant evidence to the attention of the Commissioner and, through the public hearing process, to the public at large.
Parties with standing are allowed to participate in the inquiry process. To have "standing" means that the party has demonstrated to the Commissioner that it has a direct and substantial interest in the matters being examined by the inquiry. Parties with standing participate in the public hearing, cross-examine witnesses, and are entitled to other procedural rights outlined in the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure.
It will be determined in early February 2008 who will have standing at this Commission.
The Taman Inquiry has a mandate to:
The commissioner is to conduct his duties without expressing any conclusions or recommendations regarding the civil or criminal responsibility of any person or organization.
Commission Counsel determines who will be called to testify at the inquiry. It is Commission Counsel's responsibility to ensure that all evidence that bears on the public interest is brought to the Commissioner's attention.
Yes, the Commission is committed to a process of public hearings. Members of the media and the general public are welcome to attend the proceedings. A schedule of dates and locations of the hearings will be posted to the Commission website and will be advertised in the local newspaper.
The Taman Inquiry public hearing is currently scheduled to hear applications for standing in early February. It is estimated that the hearings will be scheduled during June, July and August, however the dates will be set after the standing hearings are completed. Once the public hearing concludes, the Commissioner will prepare his final report and deliver it to the Attorney General.
The Commissioner is responsible for delivering the final report to the Attorney General by September 30, 2008. It is the responsibility of the Attorney General to release the report to the public.