Month: May 2015

Legal Aid seeks standing at penalty hearing for disgraced refugee lawyer

The Toronto Star published an article by Nicholas Keung on Sunday May 10, 2015 dealing with a lawyer who has admitted to misconduct in refugee cases.

Viktor Hohots, who pleaded guilty to professional misconduct in March for failing to adequately prepare the asylum claims of 13 of his clients. Jozef Pusuma, one of the complainants who sought sanctuary in a church for more than two years before leaving Canada voluntarily with his wife, Timea Daróczi, and daughter, Viktoria, have also submitted an impact statement to the hearing for Mr. Hohots.

Mary Jo Leddy of Romero House, which helps refugees resettle, said the impact could be more far-reaching and reported on a study that found Hohots represented hundreds of Hungarian — mostly Roma — cases between 2008 and 2012, with a dismal 1.2 per cent success rate. She says, “We are not interested in simply punishing a lawyer for misconduct. We are interested in a justice that restores humanity to both the offender and the offended. We would like to see Viktor Hohots involved in the process of seeking redress for the refugees who were harmed by his misconduct.”

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