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Released on February 20, 2004

The Honourable Mr. Justice Edward P. MacCallum of the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench will conduct an inquiry into the events that led to the wrongful conviction of David Milgaard.

"The purpose of this inquiry is to examine and report on any and all aspects of the conduct of the investigation into the death of Gail Miller and the criminal proceedings against David Milgaard," Justice Minister Frank Quennell said.

The appointment, which was made by an Order-in-Council, outlines the terms of reference for the inquiry. The Commission will report its findings and make such recommendations as it considers advisable relating to the administration of criminal justice in the province of Saskatchewan. (Terms of Reference attached.)

Justice MacCallum is a long serving trial judge in Alberta who was appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench in 1983. (Biography attached.)

Justice MacCallum has appointed Douglas Hodson, of Saskatoon, as Commission Counsel. Hodson indicated that over the next few weeks the Commission will establish the infrastructure and processes required to complete the inquiry. (Biography attached.)

The Commission will deliver its final report and recommendations to the Minister of Justice.


For More Information, Contact:

Debi McEwen
Phone: (306)787-6043

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