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10/23/2015 14:49 EDT | Updated 10/23/2016 01:12 EDT

B.C. mom asks court to change terms of government-led review of child abuse case

VANCOUVER — The lawyer for a mother whose estranged husband was allowed unsupervised visits despite sexually abusing their four children has told a judge that a B.C. government review of the case is an attempt to spin facts.

Jack Hittrich says the mother, identified only as J.P., has no confidence in the government after a trial found the province liable for the failure by government workers to protect her children.

The province has asked former civil servant Bob Plecas to lead the review after Justice Paul Walker ruled that social workers knowingly violated a court order banning the father from unsupervised visits.

Hittrich is asking the B.C. Supreme Court judge to alter the terms of reference for the internal review, requesting that Plecas not be allowed to challenge the judge's factual or legal conclusions.

He also says J.P. would fully support replacing the review with an external examination conducted by B.C.'s independent child advocate, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond.

However Judge Christopher Hinkson, who is hearing the petition, has repeatedly asked the lawyer to explain why he should prevent the executive branch of government to stop measures aimed at fixing problems.

The Canadian Press