WINNIPEG - The inquiry into the death of a five-year-old Manitoba girl has come to a screeching halt because of a court ruling.
It will be at least November before the commission looking into Phoenix Sinclair's death will hear from witnesses again.
The Manitoba Court of Appeal ruling deals with an application brought by the general child and family services authority and a handful of First Nations child welfare groups.
The groups wanted access to transcripts of interviews of witnesses done by inquiry staff before the hearings began.
The commission only offered summaries of the interviews and the groups objected to the Appeal Court.
The ruling says the hearings must be suspended until the commission explains its decision to the court.