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June 14, 2001
The unlawLetter from Walter Fox
Hooray for John Kromkamp, Senior Legal Officer, the Ontario Court of Appeal. Finally someone has stated publicly: "There is no bedrock legal principle of finality in family law. In family law, agreements have never been considered as necessarily being final." Mr. Kromkamp's words should be put on every document in every family law case just like the warnings put on cigarette packages.
Walter Fox, Criminal Lawyer, Toronto.
The unlawLetter from Alastair Dow
John Kromkamp's peevish letter (June 13) in response to your editorial about Judge Rosie Abella, et. al, and their dismissal of binding contracts (A Deal is a Deal, June 11) must be savoured because it is one of those rare public admissions by a judge or an acolyte of the courts that family "law" is no law at all. Instead, Mr. Kromkamp tells us, it all depends on which "threshold" (his word) a judge decides to perch. Would I be correct to infer that since Mr. Kromkamp wrote in his capacity as senior legal officer of the Court of Appeal for Ontario he is speaking on behalf of that court -- and its members? Frightening, isn't it?
Alastair Dow, Toronto.
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