Ministry of Justice to review handgun in court

By Nigel Maxwell
January 29, 2018 - 12:00pm

There are more questions than answers after a man was able to bring a loaded handgun inside a Saskatchewan courtroom last week.

Donald Schulz, 46, was arrested without incident in Hudson Bay on Tuesday, Jan. 23. There were no threats made or shots fired during the incident.

Hudson Bay does not have an actual provincial courthouse like Prince Albert or North Battleford, but rather hearings are generally held once a month at the town office. Unlike other centres,which may have a deputy sherriff in the courtroom, the Hudson Bay RCMP has historically been responsible for court security and prisoner transportation. 

northeastNOW reached out to the Ministry of Justice for comment on what types of security protocols are in place or what changes may be made in response to the incident.  

Noel Busse, a spokesperson for the ministry, said there was no perimeter screening devices in place on the day of the court hearings.

"This individual was making an out-of-custody appearance in court, which does not typically require additional court security," he said.

Busse said perimeter screening is provided to court locations on as needed basis and is typically used in instances involving sensitive cases involving serious crimes. The Ministry of Justice has confirmed they will review the circumstances of this situation with the RCMP to ensure the maintenance of safe and secure courts.

 

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