The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a decision that a lawyer must personally pay the legal costs of a hospital and a doctor involved in a legal battle with her, over her attempt to remove a client from life support, saying she was “intent on achieving her own personal objective.”
The case Ferreira v. St. Mary's General Hospital, involves Georgiana Masgras, a Kitchener, Ont. lawyer, and her failed legal attempt to stop an incapacitated client, Fernando Ferreira, from being taken off of life support at St. Mary’s General Hospital.
“In my view, the facts of this case amply establish that Ms. Masgras’ actions ‘seriously interfered with the administration of justice.’ She acted without instructions. She acted in a manner that was directly contrary to the wishes of Mr. Ferreira’s family. And she did so when one of the most difficult, emotional, and personal of decisions was being undertaken by them,” said the ruling by Justice Ian Nordheimer, with Justice Russell G. Juriansz and Justice Bradley Miller agreeing.