Former Toronto Catholic District School Board trustee Oliver Carroll must pay for legal fees

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  • April 24, 2009
{mosimage}TORONTO - A judge has ordered former Toronto Catholic District School Board trustee Oliver Carroll to pay close to $50,000 to help cover legal fees of the ratepayer who brought conflict-of-interest charges against him.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Jane Kelly ruled on April 15 that Carroll must pay $46,420 within six months. The amount will cover some of the legal costs of Catholic ratepayer Michael Baillargeon who brought the charges against Carroll.

Although all of his legal costs — $81,000 — weren’t covered, Baillargeon said he welcomed the judge’s decision to grant partial indemnity of costs. But he said he was disappointed that Carroll’s replacement didn’t signal a new direction for the board.

Mary Ann Robillard was selected to replace Carroll by the provincially appointed board’s supervision team April 6. She is a former assistant to Carroll.

Carroll said he isn’t sure yet how he will pay his legal costs, which include his own legal fees of at least $30,000. He added that he plans to discuss payment options with Baillargeon’s lawyer.

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