Hi everyone, welcome to our coverage of the Mike Duffy trial.
- people lined up outside the courtroom. First person in line is member of public, says he is "here because it has huge implications for democracy". Behind him are three staff from the Senate of Canada. Most people in line are journalists.
- four Ottawa Police Service officers outside the courtroom. Everyone will be subjected to go through metal detectors before going in the main courtroom.
- main courtroom will be full. Mix of reserved seats for journalists, and people who stood in line today
- overflow courtroom ... only about 40 or 50 people here. Not going to take up the 100+ seats available.
Members of the Liberal Party member in the overflow room to listen in. Haven't noticed NDPer or CPCers. (but doesn't mean they're not here).
For those wondering, court hasn't started yet. Scheduled start was 1030.
Just FYI - all is calm outside. Some cameras hanging around, but nothing of note.
Cameras are not allowed inside Canadian courts @Eileen
Duffy: I am not guilty, your honourCourt register: how do you pled?Court register: reading all 31 counts aloud. Duffy and Bayne standing while counts are being read. (It took 13 minutes to read all counts out)Bayne: asking judge not to take a plea for each count. Happy to plea to all of them in the end. Judge agreed.
11:19:48 Judge: press accessing exhibits. I don't know if order has been made to that issue. My preference would be for press to have access to this. // Crown: no issue with that. Defence: no problem. Crown: request made at 2nd floor.11:15:08 crown tabling documents.1 - Senator Duffy's decleration2 Volume of NCR rules3 personal contracts of donohue4 scotiabank records re maple ridge media5 ottawa icf6 travel expense claims7 duffy calendar 2009-201211:14:38 Bayne: there's a lot of documents, this is the tip of iceberg.11:13:35 Bayne and I met in recent weeks, want to file materials, opening comments.11:13:04 with respect to Tweets, that will be allowed. I believe there's a silent mode, encourage - actually insist on that. Audio recording OK in assistance of notes.11:12:44 Judge: with respect, I think the press is aware of rules and photography. If anyone is unfamiliar:Crown raising a procedural issue...11:11:13 Holmes: I raise an issue with the media's participation in this. The issue is this. 11:11:47 sect 136 of courts of justice act, as court is aware, there is an overflow room broadcast by closed circut video. No photo be taken in either room. I make that point in temptation that some can take iPhone out, take photo and video. And audio recording