Dear Mr. Topham:
Further to your request for an estimate for the preparation of transcripts regarding the above noted matter and based solely upon information we’ve received from the Quesnel Court Registry, the estimate for the proceedings heard the dates listed below, is as follows:
Normal delivery (within 20 business days): $7,500.00
Expedited delivery (within 3 business days): $9,000.00
Daily delivery (within one business day): This is not an available service rate.
Please note, this is an estimate only based on information received from the Court Registry and the costs may vary upon completion. Please also note this estimate is for one copy only which includes an electronic copy.
If you wish to proceed with this order, we will require payment in advance. The acceptable method of payment for this transcript request is via bank draft or money order only.
This order will be placed on hold until we hear further from you and/or we receive your deposit in full.
If you have any further questions in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Dear Radical Reader,
Well, there you have it. $7,500.00 for the transcript of R v Roy Arthur Topham less the Charge to the Jury which would have included another 62 pages raising the cost up a few hundred dollars more. Had I required the transcript in 3 business days the price would have jumped up another $1,500.00 bringing the total to $9,000.00.
It’s no wonder that the little guys and gals who get caught up in the machinery of Canada’s “Just”us system invariably find themselves in a position where it becomes just too cost prohibitive to challenge decisions that could, were they accessible financially, be amenable to positive change.
I can only thank my lucky stars for the ongoing support from people here in Canada and around the world who believe in the principle and importance of freedom of speech and who’ve come to my assistance over the many long years of seemingly endless litigation. The trial itself was a costly process even with the help coming from Legal Aid which, of itself, is twenty years behind in paying a Legal Aid lawyer an equivalent salary to that being paid Crown prosecutors.
Were I forced to rely solely upon my Old Age Pension Cheque to carry on with the battle for free expression it would have ended years ago, but, because I’m not alone in this struggle and because good people everywhere realize that our ability to confront the repressive power of censorship depends upon our ability to openly express our thoughts and ideas, they have lent their financial support in order to keep the struggle alive.
At this point in time we’re not that far from achieving the present objective of raising the exorbitant amount being charged for the words spoken in our (the people’s) courtroom. Thanks to a recent donation of $5,000.00 by Dr. James Sears of Ontario we’re around the $6,000.00 mark with another $1,500.00 left to raise.
Murphy’s Law (of course) would have it such that this final amount comes due right around Christmas when everyone who does have a few extra bucks in their pocket is thinking of gifts for their loved ones and family and friends not having to fork it out to maintain what they naturally expect to be their supposedly Constitutionally guaranteed rights.
The transcript of the trial is critically important for a number of reasons. The vast majority of people interested in its outcome were unable to attend the proceedings and therefore missed out on the daily unfolding of events. Having the transcript will allow for its posting to the net thus making it available for truth seekers everywhere to study what went on and gain a much broader concept of how the trial unfolded.
In terms of future events the transcript is vital to the defence in that statements made by Crown and Expert witnesses must be corroborated in order to verify our next moves which will be, in large part, based upon the evidence presented by the prosecution.
With a Sec. 2b Charter challenge to Sec. 319(2) of Canada’s criminal code coming up next year and the possibility of an appeal of the guilty verdict in Count 1 of the trial should the Charter challenge fail, it’s crucial that the evidence from the trial be available to us.
Please do what you can to help out with this important case and if you’re not in a position to help out financially then try to share this information with others who may be able to assist in keeping our right to freedom of expression alive and well in Canada.
Thanks so much to all who helped out.
The Radical Press
Canada’s Radical News Network
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