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Justice Minister Ganley assessing courthouse needs in Fort McMurray visit

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Justice Minister Ganley assessing courthouse needs in Fort McMurray visit

Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley speaks to reporters outside the Fort McMurray Courthouse on July 26, 2016 // Chris Vandenbreekel - Harvard Broadcasting

Provincial Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley visited Fort McMurray Tuesday, thanking first responders and assessing how her department could support the courthouse in getting back on track.

Ganley toured the RCMP detachment and REOC, personally engaging with officers and firefighters to thank them for their service.

She also toured the courthouse and spoke with staff about their challenges.

“They were closed for quite awhile,” Ganley said. “That creates a lot of administrative challenges, because matters will have been bumped in various ways.”

The justice minister added that court cases regarding custody, criminal charges, and family matters will be bumped to the front of the backlog que, as those types of cases regard human rights.

Ganley also suggested that her department would be internally shifting resources and priorities to help Fort McMurray return to normal courthouse operations.

No details were offered on a new court date for Councillor Colleen Tatum, who was set to have a hearing on her eligibility to continue as a council member on June 22. Minister Ganley was not personally aware of the cases details, but offered to look into the matter.

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