Garnier appeal moving forward despite dispute between lawyer, father

Christopher Calvin Garnier

The lawyer for Christopher Garnier has agreed to continue representing his client, despite a dispute with the family.

Roger Burrill of Nova Scotia Legal Aid had made an application to withdraw as counsel ahead of an appeal by Garnier scheduled for December 3rd.

The CBC reports Burrill told the appeal court that the Garnier family, specifically Garnier's father Vince Garnier, were pressing to add additional grounds to the argument.

He said he was asking to withdraw as he could not in good conscience argue those additional grounds.

Ultimately, he would agree to stay on after Garnier told Nova Scotia Court of Appeal Justice Carole Beaton he still wanted Burrill as counsel.

The 31-year-old was convicted of the 2015 murder of off-duty Truro Police Constable Catherine Campbell and interfering with human remains.

The jury deliberated for less than five hours before delivering the verdict in December 2017.

The conviction carries an automatic life sentence, but a Nova Scotia Supreme Court justice ruled in August 2018 that Garnier would be able to apply for parole after serving 13 and a half years - less 699 days for time served.

(With files from CBC Nova Scotia)