Pastor James Coates to appeal bail condition preventing him from holding regular church services

Share this:

Pastor James Coates to appeal bail condition preventing him from holding regular church services

Share this:

 

EDMONTON: The Justice Centre today announced it is appealing the bail condition that has left Pastor James Coates of Grace Life Church in prison at the Edmonton Remand Centre since February 16, 2021. At a brief appearance before a Judge earlier today, a three-day trial was scheduled for May 3-5 in Provincial Court in Stony Plain, more than eight weeks from today.

Documents will be filed in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench by this Friday, February 26, to seek Pastor Coates’ release before trial, such that he does not spend the next eight weeks in jail. Pastor Coates has been detained at the Edmonton Remand Centre since Tuesday, February 16.

Charter freedoms do not disappear because the government declares regular Church services to be outlawed while allowing hundreds of people to fill their local Walmarts,” notes Justice Centre President, lawyer John Carpay.

“Pastor Coates is not a criminal. He held church services and should not spend the next eight or more weeks in jail when he has not committed any crime,” continues Mr. Carpay.

The Justice Centre has sent a letter to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, challenging him to assume responsibility for protecting the Charter rights and freedoms of Albertans and cease allowing Dr. Deena Hinshaw to violate them with health orders that are not reviewed by, or approved by, the elected Members of the Legislative Assembly.

“Ironically,” points out Mr. Carpay, “it was Jason Kenney, then federal Immigration Minister, who stood at the side of Stephen Harper in February 2013, as the Government announced the creation of the Office of Religious Freedom, to promote freedom of religion around the world. But apparently not in Alberta.”

“A trial set eight weeks down the road is too long for an innocent Pastor to be in jail. Pastor Coates is a peaceful Christian minister. The Justice of the Peace should not have required him to violate his conscience and effectively stop pastoring his church as a condition to be released. This is a miscarriage of justice,” concludes Mr. Carpay.

Share this:

ArriveCAN charges dropped, shielding the controversial program from constitutional scrutiny

MISSISSAUGA, ON: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms announces that City of Mississauga prosecutors have withdrawn five charges against four Canadians...

Crown appeal against peaceful protestor Evan Blackman in court today

OTTAWA, ON: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms announces that the appeal hearing in the case of Evan Blackman takes...

Edmonton denies prolife organization booth at KDays in violation of Charter

EDMONTON, AB: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms announces that lawyers provided by the Justice Centre have filed a lawsuit...

Explore Related News

Toronto Pearson International Airport Photo Credit: JHVEPhoto
Read More
f989a416-5bd3-7093-ae71-4d5ec2e7ce87
Read More
graphic
Read More
Toronto Pearson International Airport Photo Credit: JHVEPhoto
f989a416-5bd3-7093-ae71-4d5ec2e7ce87
graphic
660f5c99-dd86-fd54-9f5a-890ff80f7bac
Explore Further