TORONTO – An Ontario Superior Court justice who repeatedly failed to provide reasons for her judgments has apologized and mended her ways, the Canadian Judicial Council said on Thursday.In closing its review of Justice Susanne Goodman without sanctioning her, the council said the issue has been satisfactorily addressed and a “number of accommodations and remedial measures” had been implemented.“A Superior Court judge must have the capacity and ability to perform all of the normal judicial functions that attach to the office,” Nova Scotia Chief Justice Michael MacDonald said in a statement. “One of these judicial functions is to be diligent in the delivery of reserved judgements, with reasonable promptness.”MacDonald, the chairman of the council’s judicial conduct committee, undertook the review after Ontario’s highest court made blistering comments against Goodman in a decision in May last year. In its ruling, the Court of Appeal overturned the acquittal of a man accused of beating and sexually assaulting a woman.In ordering Stanislaw Sliwka to face a new trial, the Appeal Court, which called it a “terrible result,” expressed dismay at Goodman’s repeated failure to provide reasons for the acquittal and noted the case wasn’t the first time she had shown such behaviour.“The trial judge’s failure to give reasons, despite her repeated promises to do so, has frustrated the proper administration of justice,” Justice David Doherty wrote for the court. “Nor is this the first time that this trial judge’s failure to provide reasons has required this court to order a new trial. It must be the last time.”After hearing from Ontario Chief Justice Heather Forster Smith as well as from Goodman, a Superior Court judge for 18 years, MacDonald decided the issues at play had been addressed and her conduct would not be repeated.“Key to his decision to close the matter was the fact that Justice Goodman experienced a medical condition, now resolved, which was at the root of her difficulties,” the council said. “Justice Goodman and her chief justice have set out a number of specific and comprehensive measures to ensure that she discharges all aspects of her judicial responsibilities in a timely manner.”Goodman had expressed “deep regret” about the impact of her actions on litigants who appeared before her and to public confidence in the justice system generally, the statement said“She has undertaken to ensure that the situation never repeats itself.”In the case that triggered the probe, Goodman dismissed all charges against Sliwka in March 2016. He had been charged after a distressed woman called 911 from an apartment in March 2014 and police found her badly beaten.At his nine-day trial, the woman accused Sliwka of repeatedly physically and sexually assaulting her over many months when she lived with him. He denied the assaults, calling her a drunk who sometimes hurt herself when she fell and also blaming her injuries on an unknown intruder.Goodman told court her acquittal was based on a reasonable doubt as to his guilt and promised detailed written reasons would flow quickly. She never delivered, even after prosecution lawyers asked time and again.Council spokeswoman Johanna Laporte said in an email Thursday there had been no issue with the quality of Goodman’s decisions — only their timeliness.“Justice Goodman and Chief Justice Heather Smith have discussed and established clear timelines for the release of all reserved decisions to the satisfaction of Chief Justice MacDonald,” Laporte said.MacDonald said Goodman was now discharging her judicial duties in an “effective and timely” manner.“Failure to uphold these obligations can have a detrimental effect on public confidence in the judiciary,” he said.
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VVO is a British company that distributes and markets Shell and Engen branded fuels and lubricants to retail and commercial customers in Africa. It maintains subsidiaries and operations in 23 countries across the continent. Cheap FTSE 250 stockAt the beginning of the year, shares in VVO could be purchased for 125p. When the market crashed, its share price tumbled to a low of 64.5p. As I write this, it has recovered slowly and shares are currently trading at only 75p per share. At its current price point I consider VVO to be quite cheap.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…VVO joined the FTSE 250 in April 2018 and was trading at a high of 172.5p per share. An argument could be made that its reduction in price is not a positive sign. My response to that would be that the recent economic downturn has affected nearly all companies and industries in a negative way. I would not base any investment opinion on share price alone, especially not right now due to the pandemic and crash.PerformanceReviewing Vivo’s longer-term performance across the past three years makes for positive reading. It has seen a year-on-year increase in revenue and gross profit, which is definitely a positive indicator for any investor.VVO today released its Q3 trading update and I feel there are some positive takeaways from it. As expected, Q2 was difficult for many firms in the FTSE 250.VVO recorded a gross cash profit of $187m which is impressive despite the recent restrictions it has faced due to the pandemic. This is only a 1% decrease compared to the same period last year when there were no restrictions or pandemic. Q3 volumes of 2,492m litres was a significant improvement from Q2 although it remained 7% lower year-on-year. VVO’s retail segment saw lower volumes but an improvement compared to the previous quarter. In addition to this, a number of countries it serves returned to year-on-year growth during Q3. Its commercial segment volumes were lower and impacted by a lack of international travel and movement.VVO initially suspended its 2019 dividend of 2.7 cents per share when the economic downturn first occurred. In its update today it has confirmed that it will now pay that dividend in December to shareholders who are on the register by 20 November 2020. This is a positive move as it shows the firm is confident in its financial flexibility and can reinstate its dividend.My verdictOverall, I really like Vivo Energy but there is an element of risk. There are positives, in that longer-term performance has been impressive. Its Q3 trading update shows that despite the market uncertainty, it is getting closer to pre-crash levels of performance and volumes. Due to the ongoing economic uncertainty and potential further restrictions, we could see another repeat of Q2 performance. This is where I believe the risk lies for VVO. At this moment, I would be willing to buy some shares in VVO. I wouldn’t be investing lots of cash but feel it could be worth buying some shares and keeping an eye on developments across the FTSE 250. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. 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