The preliminary hearing for Father Yvon Arsenault‘s Mirmachi charges is scheduled for today, Tuesday 23 June 2015:
23 June 2015: 09:30 am, Preliminary Inquiry (hearing), Miramichi Law Courts (673 King George Highway, Miramichi, New Brunswick)
You may recall that Father Arsenault, a priest with the archdiocese of Moncton, New Brunswick, is already scheduled for trial by judge and jury in Moncton, New Brunswick on 14 September 2015.
I think its’ highly possible that if the judge determines that there is sufficient evidence to got to trial on the Miramichi charges those charges will be joined and tried along with the Moncton charges.
We shall see. I think there is now a total of 20 charges against Arsenault from seven or more complainants.
For those who can attend the preliminary hearing, please remember that there will be a publication ban on all testimony and evidence presented in court, along with a publication ban on the names of complainants. There can be reference made to such things as Father Aresenault’s attire and demeanour, and the number of people in court, but nothing that any witness says at the hearing, and nothing regarding any documents which are entered into evidence.
The judge may make his/her decision today, or may decide to reserve that decision o another day.
Please keep the complainants in your prayers.
Enough for now,