FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
This is to provide an update with respect to the Chief Frank Elsner Petition currently before the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Counsel for the parties are addressing a preliminary legal issue which will delay the filing of responses and materials for at least one week.
Mayor Barbara Desjardins and Mayor Lisa Helps are named in Chief Elsner’s Petition because they were the Internal Discipline Authority that made the discipline decision referred to in the Police Complaint Commissioner’s Order. As Co-Chairs of the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board, the Police Act charges both Mayors with the responsibility of internal discipline matters involving the Chief of the Victoria Police Department.
As this matter is now before the Court, it would be highly inappropriate for the Mayors to comment further.