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National Prosecution Authority (NPA) Hosts International Conference of Prosecutors Focusing on Prose

More than 400 senior prosecutors, including heads of prosecuting agencies from 83 countries, have descended in Johannesburg to attend the 23rd Annual General Meeting and Conference of the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) at the Sandton Convention Centre (SCC), from 9 – 13 September 2018. The conference, hosted under the leadership of acting National Director of Public Prosecutions, Dr Silas Ramaite SC will be opened with a keynote address by the Minister of Justice & Correctional Services, Michael Masutha on Monday 10 September.

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Publication date : 2018-09-11
South Africa hosts The International Association of Prosecutors’ Conference, 9-14 September 2018

South Africa will from 9 – 14 September 2018 host the annual International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) Conference at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg under the theme: “Prosecutorial Independence – the Cornerstone of Justice to Society”.

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Publication date : 2018-09-10
Crown attorneys want to form a union, but NDP government presents a hurdle

Alberta’s Crown prosecutors want to unionize, but face hurdles to their bid, including the wording of provincial legislation and opposition from the NDP government.

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Publication date : 2018-08-17
Ford opposes handgun ban as he pledges funds to fight gun violence

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he opposes a handgun ban in Toronto because it would penalize legal gun owners, but vowed to help tackle gun violence in the city by pledging $25-million over four years for police and the courts.

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Publication date : 2018-08-09
‘Pressure points’: Five new provincial court judges hired to help ease backlogs

The province named five judges in northern and central Alberta Tuesday in a move aimed at helping to relieve strain on the court system, says Alberta’s justice minister.

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Publication date : 2018-07-31
Long waits for RCMP firearms forensics putting prosecutions at risk

Staffing shortages saw routine firearms analysis requests take an average of 238 days in 2017-18.

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Publication date : 2018-07-26

National Prosecution Authority (NPA) Hosts International Conference of Prosecutors Focusing on Prose

More than 400 senior prosecutors, including heads of prosecuting agencies from 83 countries, have descended in Johannesburg to attend the 23rd Annual General Meeting and Conference of the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) at the Sandton Convention Centre (SCC), from 9 – 13 September 2018. The conference, hosted under the leadership of acting National Director of Public Prosecutions, Dr Silas Ramaite SC will be opened with a keynote address by the Minister of Justice & Correctional Services, Michael Masutha on Monday 10 September.

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Publication date : 2018-09-11
South Africa hosts The International Association of Prosecutors’ Conference, 9-14 September 2018

South Africa will from 9 – 14 September 2018 host the annual International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) Conference at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg under the theme: “Prosecutorial Independence – the Cornerstone of Justice to Society”.

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Publication date : 2018-09-10
Crown attorneys want to form a union, but NDP government presents a hurdle

Alberta’s Crown prosecutors want to unionize, but face hurdles to their bid, including the wording of provincial legislation and opposition from the NDP government.

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Publication date : 2018-08-17
Ford opposes handgun ban as he pledges funds to fight gun violence

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he opposes a handgun ban in Toronto because it would penalize legal gun owners, but vowed to help tackle gun violence in the city by pledging $25-million over four years for police and the courts.

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Publication date : 2018-08-09
‘Pressure points’: Five new provincial court judges hired to help ease backlogs

The province named five judges in northern and central Alberta Tuesday in a move aimed at helping to relieve strain on the court system, says Alberta’s justice minister.

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Publication date : 2018-07-31
Long waits for RCMP firearms forensics putting prosecutions at risk

Staffing shortages saw routine firearms analysis requests take an average of 238 days in 2017-18.

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Publication date : 2018-07-26
Federal lawyers’ union says low pay contributing to ‘crisis’ in hiring, retention, court delays

The union leader representing 2,600 federal government lawyers says Ottawa’s persistent failure to pay competitive compensation is contributing to lacklustre lawyer recruitment, and severe staff shortages in major cities across the country — as well as to court delays and criminal charges being stayed for violating the Supreme Court’s speedy trial deadlines.

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Publication date : 2018-04-26
NDP’s rural crime fighting plan gets mixed reviews

The NDP’s $10-million plan to combat rural crime with new RCMP officers, more Crown prosecutors and improved intelligence gathering is getting mixed reviews from a rural county reeve, a lawyers’ group and an opposition politician. 

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Publication date : 2018-03-12
Why hiring more judges won’t necessarily speed up the justice system

The under-resourcing of the backlogged criminal justice system has become a courtroom battle cry in Ontario, with some judges routinely calling on the government to loosen the purse strings so more of them can be hired.

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Publication date : 2018-03-09
More than 1,000 Ottawa criminal cases ‘at-risk’ of breaching delay limit

More than 20 per cent of the criminal cases at the Ottawa courthouse have been in the judicial system for 15 months or more, which puts them at risk of breaching the Supreme Court’s new limits on “unreasonable delay.”

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Publication date : 2018-03-08
Bitter anniversary for Quebec government lawyers

It was one year ago today that the Quebec government passed a law that forced the province’s 1,100 civil lawyers and notaries back to work after a four-month general strike, the longest in Canadian public service history. But the head of the lawyers’ union says time hasn’t taken the sting out of the collective slap his members received when the law was passed following a marathon 24-hour debate in the National Assembly on Feb. 28, 2017.

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Publication date : 2018-02-28
‘Bully’ bosses issue ‘swept under the carpet’ until junior government lawyer sent email

A junior lawyer’s decision to speak out — with an email copied to dozens of government lawyers — about an allegedly “abusive” boss at Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General caused Queen’s Park to finally take notice of historic problems that were later called a “festering” sore in a government report.

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Publication date : 2018-02-22
Ontario government lawyers being terrorized by ‘bully’ bosses, secret report reveals

Ontario’s Liberal government has kept secret an explosive report that paints some of its most senior bureaucrats — male and female — as bullies who have harassed and discriminated against hundreds of provincial lawyers and administrative assistants for years.  The workplace for 600 government lawyers and several hundred administrative staff at the Ministry of the Attorney General is described as a “toxic” cesspool where fear and retribution rule the day...

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Publication date : 2018-02-21
SCC paves way for ‘standby’ pay for federal Crowns

The union for 2,600 federal lawyers now awaiting the results of their “binding conciliation” with Treasury Board has had a big boost from the Supreme Court for the union’s ongoing fight against Crowns being required to “stand by” for free to do emergency legal work.

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Publication date : 2017-11-03
Courts still bogged down with delays, despite promises by government to fix the system

Prosecutors say lengthy delays remain a major problem within Alberta courts despite the promise of action by two levels of government.

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Publication date : 2017-09-29
It’s taking the RCMP longer than anticipated to digitize Canada’s national database of criminal reco

The RCMP says it'll need until 2020 to finish the nearly 500,000 files left to be uploaded. It previously said it would be done by 2018

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Publication date : 2017-09-07
Lawyers promise to drag Couillard and Moreau to court

Despite their four-month strike in the middle of the winter, lawyers and public notaries (LANEQ) will have to settle for the lowest wage increase in the entire public service. Unable to agree with Quebec, they promise to drag Philippe Couillard and Pierre Moreau before the courts.

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Publication date : 2017-07-13
Lawyers and Notaries of the Québec State: Predictable Failure of Mandatory Mediation

Quebec lawyers and notaries (LANEQ) react to the disclosure of the report resulting from mandatory mediation with the government under the law. The report concludes that mediation has failed. According to LANEQ, this desolate result was predictable, since the law passed by the government to force the return to work of its members did not allow a real negotiation.

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Publication date : 2017-07-13
Contract talks with federal lawyers deadlocked, headed to conciliation

The Liberal government and the union representing federal lawyers are heading to conciliation after the failure of a final bid to break a longstanding deadlock over pay and workload.

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Publication date : 2017-07-12
A case of no respect?

Striking government lawyers in Quebec were forced back to work. Where does that leave them now? ....LANEQ is still hoping for positive outcomes to a legal challenge it launched against the government’s back-to-work law, as well as an action filed with Quebec’s labour relations board, accusing the government of bargaining in bad faith. One positive thing to come out of the strike, says Desroches-Lapointe, is the strong sense of solidarity that was forged among lawyers. 

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Publication date : 2017-07-10
‘It lit a fire under me,’ federal justice minister says of ruling on delays

The Supreme Court of Canada released its groundbreaking ruling, R v. Jordan, that urged everyone to get serious about reform.

"It lit a fire under me," Wilson-Raybould said in an interview.

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms gives someone charged with an offence the right to have their case tried within a reasonable amount of time and in the drug-related case of Barrett Jordan of Surrey, B.C., it had taken more than four years.

"A culture of complacency towards delay has emerged in the criminal justice system," the high court wrote in a 5-4 ruling that sent a strong message that enough was enough.

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Publication date : 2017-07-06
‘Incredibly damning allegation’: Cardinal case ignites feud between prosecutors, justice minister

Alberta's justice minister has been accused of making an "incredibly damning allegation" about discrimination in the Angela Cardinal court case and now finds herself in a pitched battle with the province's Crown prosecutors. In a blistering four-page letter to Kathleen Ganley dated June 6, the president of the Alberta Crown Attorneys' Association defended the actions of the prosecutor who handled the case.

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Publication date : 2017-06-21
Supreme Court stands by controversial ruling requiring trials take place within a reasonable time

In a unanimous decision Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada stuck to its guns on a controversial ruling it issued last year that set strict timelines for criminal trials.

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Publication date : 2017-06-16
Senate committee outlines plan to fight court delays

People accused of serious crimes, including murder, should no longer be set free automatically when a judge finds their right to a timely trial has been violated, a Senate committee has recommended in a wide-ranging plan to fight delay in the criminal-justice system.... Rick Woodburn, president of the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel, said he liked the comprehensiveness and the recommendation to seek alternatives to stays. But he expressed concern that people might be allowed to violate their bail conditions without serious consequences.

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Publication date : 2017-06-14
Supreme Court ruling on trial delays ‘out of step with reality,’ senators say

The Senate committee on legal and constitutional affairs released a report Wednesday that makes 50 recommendations to speed up criminal trials, saying what’s needed is a complete rethink of the Canadian criminal justice system, not drop-dead timelines. Rick Woodburn, president of the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel, said the report isn’t “alarmist” but “realist.”

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Publication date : 2017-06-14
Canadian justice ministers plan emergency meeting as court delays threaten thousands of cases

The federal Liberals came to power promising sweeping reforms to the criminal justice system, but now the provinces are championing some ideas of their own as they focus on cutting backlogs in the courts.

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Publication date : 2017-04-27
Crown prosecutors sign new contract with N.B. government

New Brunswick Crown prosecutors have a new five-and-a-half-year contract that offers general economic increases of 4.8 per cent. There is also an "adjustment" tied to the discontinuance of the retirement allowance benefit, according to the provincial government.

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Publication date : 2017-04-13
Crown prosecutors need more training in sexual assault law, MPs hear

'I didn't get training until I was at least 5 years in and by then it was a little late,' lawyer tells MPs.

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Publication date : 2017-04-11
Saskatoon police want public ‘to be aware but not afraid’ after courthouse bombing

The Saskatoon Police Service is cautioning the public to not panic after an improvised explosive device was set off at the city's provincial courthouse Wednesday night. There were no injuries, but the exterior of the building was damaged.

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Publication date : 2017-03-30
Alberta government pledges to hire more Crown prosecutors

The Alberta government has promised to hire 35 more crown prosecutors, after complaints by the provincial crown attorney’s association that the province’s justice system was in crisis.

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Publication date : 2017-03-13
Dozens of ‘significant’ criminal charges stayed due to lack of resources: Alberta Crown Attorneys’

Forty-four criminal cases have been stayed in Calgary over the past four months and about 60 in Edmonton since last December because of a lack of resources in the provincial prosecution service, according to the Alberta Crown Attorneys' Association.

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Publication date : 2017-03-09
Alberta to invest $14.5-million to ease court delays

After prosecutors revealed they had to drop 200 cases due to a lack of resources, the Alberta government says it will invest $14.5-million in the criminal-justice system to hire more Crown prosecutors and support staff.

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Publication date : 2017-03-09
New protocol encourages Alberta prosecutors to take plea bargains for serious crimes

The Alberta government's new "triage" protocol for cases in the strained justice system instructs the prosecution service to seek lesser convictions for serious charges in an effort to alleviate some of the pressure.

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Publication date : 2017-03-08
Alberta tells prosecutors: Don’t waste time on cases with ‘slim chance’ of conviction

The Alberta government is instructing prosecutors not to waste time and money on serious and violent cases – including first-degree murder – when they have only a "slim chance" of a conviction. Instead, they are being told to accept plea bargains to lesser offences. In minor cases, a police arrest with no prosecution at all "may be enough of a deterrent." And they need not prosecute complex, time-consuming fraud cases if an offender has already faced sanctions from a regulatory body.

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Publication date : 2017-03-08
Shortage of Crowns causes crisis in Alberta

The Alberta Crown Attorneys’ Association is saying the province’s justice system is in crisis, as it calls on the government to fund 50 more prosecutors in the province and for 35 trial prosecutors to be hired to fill vacant spots.

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Publication date : 2017-03-07
Ontario judges stayed 46 cases due to court delays in 2016

Courthouses in Toronto, Ottawa recorded most stayed cases after Supreme Court ruling.

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Publication date : 2017-03-06
Justice denied: More money the best fix for court delays, say Crown lawyers

“There just hasn’t been the increase (in funding) along with the more serious crimes that are more prolific now than they used to be,” Woodburn said.

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Publication date : 2017-03-05
Jordan decision did not create crisis with judicial system: Rick Woodburn

President of the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel tells Vassy Kapelos our judicial system is in crisis and calls on the federal government to take a serious look at whether they want a justice system that is fair.

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Publication date : 2017-03-05
‘A very big concern,’ says Alberta justice minister of stayed charges due to staff shortage

The provincial government intends to pump more money into the justice system to ensure long-delayed court cases do not continue to be dropped. Call for 50 more Crown prosecutors.

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Publication date : 2017-03-03
Hundreds of suspected criminals could be about to go free

A Supreme Court ruling is a ‘wake-up call’ for the justice system at a time when cases have never been more complicated and resources stretched so thin.

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Publication date : 2017-03-03
Alberta prosecutors at ‘breaking point’ as abandoned cases pile up

Alberta prosecutors say they are at a “breaking point” and have abandoned many more serious criminal cases than the public knows. James Pickard, president of the Alberta Crown Attorneys’ Association, says they have stayed criminal charges against 200 people – including 18 accused of impaired driving – in the past two months because of a shortage of prosecutors.

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Publication date : 2017-03-02
The SQ on the side of lawyers

According to lawyer negotiator Luc Bruno, it is only a matter of time before Crown prosecutors mimic SQ police officers and turn to the courts for arbitration instead of mere recommendations. Bruno's remarks are echoed by the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel, chaired by a lawyer from Halifax, Rick Woodburn. "In Quebec, the government tells its lawyers that they cannot be entitled to binding arbitration and it takes away the right to strike. In our view, this is unconstitutional."

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Publication date : 2017-03-01
Alberta’s justice system has reached ‘breaking point,’ say prosecutors

The justice system in Alberta is facing a crisis. Criminal charges are being abandoned because of a shortage of prosecutors, claims Crown Attorneys' Association. James Pickard said "years of neglect," along with the current provincial hiring freeze, are to blame.

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Publication date : 2017-03-01
Alberta drops 15 criminal cases in resources crunch

A senior prosecutor in Alberta stayed 15 criminal cases on Tuesday, saying in Provincial Court that the justice system simply does not have enough resources to prosecute them…. “This is one of the symptoms of a failing justice system, when charges – and we believe they are serious charges – are stayed for lack of resources,” Rick Woodburn, president of the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel, who practises in Halifax, said in an interview.

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Publication date : 2017-03-01
Québec requires lawyers to return to work Wednesday morning

Québec adopted on Tuesday the special law that puts an end to the strike of 1100 lawyers which had lasted for 19 weeks. They will have to get back to work at 8:30 am on Wednesday morning. The draft law 127 was adopted after 20 hours of parliamentary procedures that are stretched in the night of Monday to Tuesday, despite the unanimous opposition parties against the measure gag. Lawyers already plan to challenge the law before the courts, up to the Supreme Court.

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Publication date : 2017-02-28
Vallée prefers video games, denounces LANEQ

Quebec lawyers and notaries (LANEQ) argue that the Minister of Justice, Stéphanie Vallée, enjoyed a video game rather than taking an interest in the debates on the special act.

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Publication date : 2017-02-28
Lawyers: the special law is filed, the negotiations are suspended

The Couillard government tabled on Monday night the special law to force the return to work of lawyers and notaries of the Quebec State (LANEQ), on strike since October 24. Meanwhile, the ongoing negotiations have been suspended.

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Publication date : 2017-02-27
Transforming Canada’s largest in-house team

Managers of in-house legal teams often have a tough time making changes — introducing new processes, new technologies, encouraging employees to think differently. It’s even harder for managers of large departments. Updating attitudes and ways of working can seem impossible. That’s why William Pentney may have one of the most difficult jobs in the sector. He’s the federal government’s deputy minister of Justice and the deputy attorney general of Canada. His mission: Change how employees work throughout the Justice Department, a federal agency employing some 5,000 people, including about 2,500 lawyers.

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Publication date : 2017-02-27
Special Act: an agreement or less money for lawyers

Pierre Moreau's special law provides for additional days of negotiation with state lawyers. But if they fail, they will be forced to pay the least generous wage increases in the entire public service. And by far.

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Publication date : 2017-02-26
Striking Quebec lawyers, notaries to make province counter-offer

Government lawyers and notaries said they'll make a counter-offer to Treasury Board President Pierre Moreau's fifth and final offer which Moreau gave their union, LANEQ, until 5 p.m. Friday to accept or reject. "We refuse to submit to an ultimatum," said union president Jean Denis, in a statement issued at 5 p.m. "We hope the government will seriously examine our counter-proposal." 

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Publication date : 2017-02-24
Québec dépose une «offre finale et globale» pour les juristes de l’État

Le gouvernement Couillard compte mettre fin rapidement à la grève des juristes de l’État, qui en est déjà à sa 18e semaine. Le président du Conseil du trésor, Pierre Moreau, a annoncé jeudi qu’il déposera en soirée une «offre finale et globale».

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Publication date : 2017-02-23
Les juristes poursuivent leur grève malgré le changement de ton de Pierre Moreau

Ils se sont fait taxer d'intransigeants par le ministre Pierre Moreau, mardi matin, mais les juristes de l'État québécois persistent et signent. Au terme d'une assemblée générale extraordinaire qui a duré plus de cinq heures, ils ont décidé de poursuivre leur grève.

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Publication date : 2017-02-14
Appeal court sides with ex public servant denied leave to run for election

The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled that the ​Public Service Commission acted unreasonably when it refused to grant former public servant Emilie Taman an unpaid leave of absence to run as a candidate in the 2015 federal election.

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Publication date : 2017-01-09
Don’t blame crown attorneys for court delays

The central thrust of Michael Spratt’s latest articleis that the solution to Ontario’s overburdened criminal justice system is for the political wing of government to “reign in” what the author says are complacent, possessive and overzealous prosecutors.

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Publication date : 2016-12-19
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 : 2016-11-20
Shortage of judges, prosecutors behind criminal charges being stayed

Ontario’s ministry of the attorney general is reviewing thousands of criminal charges that could be stayed or withdrawn because cases are taking too long to get to trial, but Crown attorneys say the government had made the situation worse.

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Publication date : 2016-11-20
Legal experts raise alarm over court delays after murder trial halted

An Ontario Superior Court justice's decision to call a halt to a murder prosecution over delays in getting to trial is being viewed as an ominous sign for the Canadian justice system, with legal experts and victim's advocates fearing more murder cases will be stayed because they are dragging too long... Just last month, Kate Mathews, the President of the Ontario Crown Attorneys Association, called the situation a crisis. She blames a provincial government that is cutting resources when much more are needed.

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Publication date : 2016-11-17
Lawyers and notaries show on Parliament Hill

Hundreds of lawyers and notaries in the Quebec government, on strike for one week, show this afternoon outside the offices of the Treasury Board in Quebec to once again demand the resumption of negotiations with the government. The president of l'Association des notaires et avocats de l'État québécois (LANEQ), Jean Denis, reiterated that "higher authorities" of the government had informed him that a return to the negotiating table is expected "soon". But for now, "there's nothing going on" in the negotiations, he says.

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Publication date : 2016-11-01
Trial delay crisis just getting worse

We have been raising the alarm on the under-resourcing of the crown’s offices for many years. It has long been apparent that a crisis was inevitable. The criminal prosecutors of this province are extremely dedicated public servants, deeply committed to the principles of public safety and the proper administration of criminal justice. But there are not enough of us.

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Publication date : 2016-10-27
LANEQ lawyers and notaries backed by their Canadian colleagues

In the midst of an unlimited general strike launched Monday, October 24, Les avocats et notaires de l'État québécois (LANEQ) announced the official support of the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel (CACC). "We are proud to stand beside our Québec colleagues in this struggle to have the crucial role played by crown lawyers and notaries acknowledged. ... Crown counsel should have the same value in the eyes of the Québec government as they do elsewhere in the country," declared CACC president Rick Woodburn.

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Publication date : 2016-10-27
Les avocats et notaires du secteur public appuyés par leurs confrères canadiens

En grève générale illimitée depuis lundi, les avocats et notaires de l'État québécois (LANEQ) ont reçu le soutien de leurs collègues canadiens. L'Association canadienne des juristes de l'État (ACJÉ) appui les revendications des avocats et notaires québécois auprès du gouvernement alors que les négociations piétinent depuis plusieurs mois.

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Publication date : 2016-10-27
Public sector lawyers begin general strike

Public sector lawyers and notaries start their unlimited general strike Monday with demonstrations outside courthouses throughout the province. Quebec’s 1,100 government lawyers have been without a contract for more than a year and a half. The strike could delay the drafting of new legislation and slow court proceedings. The law professionals represent Quebec in civil, administrative and criminal proceedings.

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Publication date : 2016-10-24
Strike of Quebec lawyers, notaries leaves provincial lawmakers in the lurch

Lawyers and notaries who work for the Quebec government began a general strike today, grinding the drafting of provincial bills to a halt. The 1,100 members of the union Les avocats et notaires de l'État québécois (LANEQ) have been without a collective agreement for a year and half.

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Publication date : 2016-10-24
Quebec government lawyers and notaries vote to strike

General unlimited strike set to begin Oct. 24. Members of the union representing 1,100 government lawyers and notaries have voted 84 per cent in favour of a general strike starting Oct. 24. "The signal from our members is clear," wrote union president Jean Denis in a statement. "The strike has become the only way to bring it back to the negotiating table."

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Publication date : 2016-10-12
Les avocats et notaires de l’État québécois votent pour la grève

Les avocats et notaires de l'État québécois et de l'Agence du revenu du Québec ont voté pour la tenue d'une grève générale illimitée, qui débutera le lundi 24 octobre. Le syndicat compte quelque 1100 membres au Québec et environ 97 pour cent d'entre eux seront en grève. Ils sont sans contrat de travail depuis plus d'un an et demi.

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Publication date : 2016-10-12
Crown prosecutors seek to skip conciliation step, move to strike option

Court backlog looms after 97% of Crown prosecutors reject latest contract offer from New Brunswick government. The union representing Crown prosecutors in New Brunswick wants the labour board to declare an impasse in contract negotiations with the province to give them the right to strike "sooner rather than later," likely before the end of the year.

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Publication date : 2016-09-01
Alberta’s Crown prosecutors seek injunction in Federal Court to relieve workload

The union representing federal Crown prosecutors is taking the unprecedented step of seeking an injunction in Federal Court to stop the Public Prosecution Service of Canada from requiring its members to staff bail hearings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Association of Justice Counsel (AJC) has also filed an unfair labour practice complaint against the prosecution service.

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Publication date : 2016-05-19
Should prosecutors be able to run for political office?

An Ottawa federal prosecutor is seeking judicial review of a Public Service Commission decision that bars her from running for political office.

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Publication date : 2015-04-13
B.C. judges should get pay and pension hike: appeal court

An appeal court judge says Provincial Court judges in British Columbia are entitled to pay hikes based on the consumer price index as recommended in a 2010 report.

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Publication date : 2015-03-31
Feds ordered to cover articling students’ law society membership fees

The federal government must cover the law society membership fees for its articling students, a labour relations adjudicator has ruled.

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Publication date : 2015-03-30
LAO lawyers see promise in RCMP ruling

In one of its first decisions of the year, the top court said RCMP officers could still form an association despite their exclusion, as with LAO staff lawyers, from the applicable labour relations act.

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Publication date : 2015-01-26