Quebec Superior Court Justice Suzanne Tessier appears to believe that family disputes are best handled by professionals. When a 12-year-old girl filed a complaint about her father’s punishment of grounding her for accessing blocked website, Tessier decided that in her judicial opinion, the punishment was too severe. It appears not to have occurred to Tessier that this a parental rather than a judicial matter.
The girl appears to have use a court appointed lawyer from the 10-year custody dispute of her parents to launch the legal review of her father’s discipline. An appeal is planned.
In the meantime, I am imposing a new rule in my house that the children can only serve me with papers on Mondays and must agree to binding arbitration before taking any action in court.
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