NEWS - November 2014

'Investigation into doctor's activities concluded too soon: lawyer'

(from The Telegram, November 9, 2014)

The RCMP and social services agencies of the day did not do enough to pursue the investigation of Dr. Stephen James Collins, who was convicted in the 1980s of sexually abusing children, says a lawyer who’s been on the case for several years on behalf of people who say they were Collins’ victims.
St. John’s lawyer Bob Buckingham launched two civil cases. One was settled and the other is still before the courts. He also has several other clients and thinks Collins should face the criminal justice system again.


“(The RCMP) should have gone after him. They should have continued the investigation,” Buckingham said. “And then he does minimal amount of time in jail.”

He said Collins was able to manipulate adults and children into a level of trust in rural Newfoundland because he was a “double god” — both a doctor and an ordained minister.

For the full article interview, visit The Telegram.

    Justice In Review - October 2014

Bob Buckingham - Kevin Tobin The Telegram

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'Renaming Justice Dept. Concerning Despite Flip-Flop: Buckingham'

(from, October 14, 2014)

A prominent lawyer who was critical of the Premier's decision to rename the province's Justice Department says Paul Davis' flip-flop doesn't change how he feels.

Davis announced late Friday that a week after changing the name of thedepartment to 'Public Safety' he would be changing it again to 'Justice and Public Safety'. Davis says the move was prompted by feedback he'd heard from people about the confusion created with the name change.

But lawyer Bob Buckingham says the whole thing just goes to show how out of touch government is with the people. Buckingham maintains justice and public safety are two very different things.

For the full article and audio interview, visit click here. For more information about the recent changes to Newfoundland and Labrador's Department of Justice, please visit Media Links.


"Trevor Pardy Granted Appeal for his Choice of lawyer"  

(from, October 10, 2014)

A man facing murder charges in the death of his former girlfriend won an appeal on Friday to have a lawyer of his choosing represent him at trial.

Trevor Pardy, who is accused of shooting and killing Triffie Wadman in October 2011, was granted his request in an appeal to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Read the full article at CBC or learn more about this case by visiting our Media Links page.


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