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Prosecutors say talks at ‘impasse’

Warning that underpaid and overworked federal prosecutors may bolt to the provinical Crowns, the union for 2,600 federal government lawyers has walked away from the bargaining table after almost three years of fruitless talks with Ottawa.

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Publication date : 2017-01-17
Lawyers top up war chest to face prolonged strike

A general strike by lawyers and notaries who work for the Quebec government shows no signs of abating as the province is remaining firm while the union has received the approval of the overwhelming majority of its members to shore up its war chest and prolong the work stoppage at least until the end of the year.

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Publication date : 2016-12-02
Ontario to hire more judges, prosecutors to tackle trial delays

Ontario has announced the biggest expansion of its criminal-justice system in more than two decades, two weeks after a judge scrapped a first-degree-murder charge because the accused had spent four years in jail waiting for his trial to be completed.

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Publication date : 2016-12-01
No quick fix for Nova Scotia’s slow court system

'Have they put the money in to keep pace with the crimes that are being committed? No, they’re not.' The planned expansion of a program that diverts people accused of minor crimes from Nova Scotia's courtrooms will not fix long delays in an overburdened system, according to a Crown prosecutor in Halifax and President of the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel.

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Publication date : 2016-11-24
‘No justice’ for accused, victims when court cases tossed by delays, lawyer says

Kate Matthews, the head of Ontario's Crown Attorneys' Association, says underfunding plus an increase in the volume and complexity of evidence are key factors slowing down criminal justice cases.

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Publication date : 2016-11-22
Ontario tries to stop criminal charges being stayed by trial delays

The Ontario Crown Attorneys Association estimates there are about 6,000 criminal cases that could see charges stayed or withdrawn, and it blames a shortage of judges, prosecutors and court space. Association president Kate Matthews said the group has been raising the alarm about the need for more resources in Crown attorney's offices for years, calling a crisis inevitable.

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Publication date : 2016-11-21

About the CACC

The Canadian Association of Crown Counsel is the national Association which represents the collective interests of Crown prosecutors and Crown lawyers. It contributes to helping governments and the public understand issues involving Crown prosecutors in the criminal justice system and Crown civil lawyers in the civil justice system. It addresses issues of Crown lawyers concerning conditions of employment and working conditions and promotes and encourages the professional development of Crown Counsels. Members include representatives of Associations representing criminal and civil crown lawyers from the ten provinces and from the federal government.

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LANEQ Strike :

October 2016 - The Canadian Association of Crown Counsel supports Les avocats et notaires de l'État québécois (LANEQ) in their efforts with the Quebec government.


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