2018-05-15 01:58:06 UTC
criminal contempt in B.C. Supreme Court on Monday.
Stewart, who is stepping down as member of parliament for Burnaby South, was
arrested peacefully March 23 while protesting the Trans Mountain pipeline
expansion project at Kinder Morgan's Burnaby terminal.
Stewart was among a group of protesters, including federal Green Party Leader
Elizabeth May, who blocked access to the company's main access gate, violating
a court order to stay at least five metres away from company work sites.
A special prosecutor for the province has called for a $500 fine to be levied,
which Stewart says he will pay by Friday."
Common law offence
In Canada, contempt of court is an exception to the general principle that all
criminal offences are set out in the federal Criminal Code. Contempt of court
is the only remaining common law offence in Canada, besides the related offence
of Contempt of Parliament.
Contempt of court includes the following behaviors:
Failing to maintain a respectful attitude, failing to remain silent or
failing to refrain from showing approval or disapproval of the proceeding
Refusing or neglecting to obey a subpoena
Willfully disobeying a process or order of the court
Interfering with the orderly administration of justice or impairing the
authority or dignity of the court
An officer of the court failing to perform his or her duties
A sheriff or bailiff not executing a writ of the court forthwith or not
making a return thereof
Not sure whether this gives him a criminal record or not...