Many people have warrants issued for their arrest because they failed to attend court for one reason or another. At this time the Judge will issue what is often called a “bench warrant.” This authorizes the police to arrest you and bring you before a Judge.
Why would you voluntarily surrender?
Until the arrest warrant is dealt with the police can arrest you at any time, whether it be at home, work, or at your child’s little league game. Even a simple traffic stop can lead to you being arrested and taken to jail. If you are arrested on a weekday morning, you’ll likely be brought before a Judge that day. However, if you are arrested in the evening, you’ll have to wait until the next day; and if on the weekend, until the following Monday. Should you voluntarily surrender, often times you will be released on more favourable conditions than if the police caught up with you and arrested you.
Litigants are not rewarded for bad behaviour. In a recent decision out of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, a father was ordered to pay $420,000 in costs to his former spouse, after losing the case for custody of their young daughter.
The Trademarks Act (the “Act”) contains a unique provision that allows “public authorities” to by-pass the normal trademark registration application process and to protect their “official marks” indefinitely. There is no similar provision in any other country’s trademark protection regime.
Although now 10 years old, Tug of War: A Judge’s Verdict on Separation, Custody Battles, and the Bitter Realities of Family Court, by Justice Harvey Brownstone of the Ontario Court of Justice, remains an insightful and powerful read on the uses and misuses of family court.