Judge reserves decision for now

The lawyers for Councillor Julia Butler and the lawyers for the City of Grand Forks have pleaded their cases to the Supreme Court of B.C.

City Councillors (from left) Christine Thompson and Julia Butler

City Councillors (from left) Christine Thompson and Julia Butler

The lawyers for Councillor Julia Butler and the lawyers for the City of Grand Forks have pleaded their cases to the Supreme Court of B.C.

The case, which was seen by Judge B. Greyell on Monday at the Vancouver Law Courts, stems from a petition from the city to disqualify Butler from office for breach of oath of office and conflict of interest.

Judge Greyell determined a reserve judgement, which means he has yet to decide. A court representative stated that the judge will look over the documents received and release the judgement later, although no date has been determined.

If disqualified, Butler’s council seat would become vacant and a byelection would be held in the future to fill her seat.

Regardless, a byelection will need to be held this spring to fill the seat vacated by Michael Wirischagin.