Lisa Banfield (second from left) in Dartmouth Provincial Court on Wednesday.
< p class="e-p">The spouse of the shooter who killed 22 people in the April 2020 shootings in Nova Scotia will testify at in-person public hearings for the first time Friday morning in Halifax.
Only lawyers from the Mass Casualty Commission, which is leading the public inquiry into the tragedy, will be allowed to ask their questions.
She is very worried, intimidated and frightened, says her lawyer James Lockyer.
She knows she's going to relive past traumas, but she chose to show up in person. She could have testified by video link, but she chose not to.
“She shows, a lot of courage in my opinion, and she will do his best. »
— James Lockyer, lawyer for Lisa Banfield
Lisa Banfield has already conducted four interviews with police since the massacre, a return to the scene of the crimes in Portapique, Nova Scotia, and five recent interviews with members of the Commission.
According to a statement from the Commission, the decision not to allow questions from other lawyers is based on the volume of information that Lisa Banfield has already provided and on her position as a survivor of the author's violence.
Attorney Michael Scott of Patterson Law, who represents the families of most of the victims, said he was shocked to hear this.
Michael Scott recalls that his clients already had a lot of concerns about the fact that the Commission often blocks live cross-examinations. He does not intend to submit written questions to the Commission.
Michael Scott, a lawyer with the firm Patterson law who represented most of the families of the victims.
In his view, there is absolutely no point in asking Lisa Banfield to testify under oath in person under the conditions established by the Mass Casualty Commission.
“Mrs. Banfield was called for no other reason than to be able to say she was called. »
— Michael Scott, lawyer at Patterson Law
Michael Scott believes that the Commission could better respect its mandate to take into account the traumas of people who testify by calling testimony Lisa Banfield only once in person, instead of having lengthy interviews behind closed doors.
If this process had been done the right way and questions from various lawyers had been allowed, he believes Lisa Banfield could have spoken up and clarified things.
In his opinion, because of the lack of transparency after Lisa Banfield's testimony, there may still be a lot of speculation about what really happened.< /p>
James Lockyer is the attorney for Lisa Banfield, the common-law wife of the shooter who killed 22 people in April 2020 in Nova Scotia.
James Lockyer disagrees. He is glad the Commission is not allowing questions from other lawyers, as he believes their questions may be prompted by a conspiracy theory that his client did not spend the night out in the woods.
These types of questions take us south of the border, James Lockyer believes.
You know, those shootings happen south of the border and the next thing we hear is that the shooting never happened, it's completely untrue and it's all made up, he says.
We don't need that kind of nonsense in Canada or Nova Scotia.
With information from Haley Ryan from CBC