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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The Ontario Crown Attorneys Association estimates there are about 6,000 criminal cases that could see charges stayed or withdrawn, and it blames a shortage of judges, prosecutors and court space.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
Prosecutors in N.L. struggling to meet deadlines after court decision on trial delays

Newfoundland and Labrador Crown Attorneys Association president Sheldon Steeves believes prosecutors will have too heavy a workload trying to meet the deadlines imposed by a new Supreme Court of Canada decision on trial delays. Heavy workload burden can lead to burnout.

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Publication date : 2016-11-20