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Applying the Jordan framework: Are courts placing too much of the burden on the defence?
Applying the Jordan framework: Are courts placing too much of the burden on the defence?

In R v. Jordan, the Supreme Court put a hard cap on the duration of criminal trials — sending a thrill of panic through the justice system in the process. The ruling is roughly two and a half years old now. Time for the training wheels to come off.Now, that backlog of pre-Jordan charges has been largely cleared — the transitional period is over. But Crown and defence lawyers alike report that trial times aren’t speeding up; statistics cited in a recent Law Times article show that in the Ontario Court of Justice, average times to disposition and the number of court appearances have not diminished since Jordan. If the SCC intended the ruling as a salutary shock to the system, it didn’t work.So what happens now?

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Publication date : 2018-12-18
RCMP’s forensic firearm testing backlog adding delays to justice system

The RCMP’s forensics labs are taking nearly four times longer to analyze firearms than they did just four years ago, adding delays to a criminal justice system under pressure to speed up after a recent Supreme Court decision.

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Publication date : 2018-12-16
Court delays persist, despite Jordan
Court delays persist, despite Jordan

The Supreme Court of Canada decision in Jordanand the problems it tried to address are still top of mind in the criminal courts in Ontario nearly two-and-a-half years after it was released.

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Publication date : 2018-12-03
The performance pay saga reaches a settlement
The performance pay saga reaches a settlement

The issue is the prorating of performance pay in relation to pre-promotion period for the year in which lawyers are promoted. If a lawyer was eligible for performance pay and was promoted during the year, the Employer, rather than pay out a prorated performance pay for the period pre-promotion, paid out nothing at all regardless of your performance rating for the year. The AJC originally filed a grievance in 2011 and in response to that grievance, TB had conceded in the context of the adjudication hearing that pre-promotion service should be recognized. Unfortunately, the adjudicator originally disregarded TB's concession in his decision of 2015, requiring the AJC to file an application for judicial review, which eventually resulted on December 22, 2016 in a remedy limited to the right to pre-promotion performance pay for the year 2010-2011. Thus, the AJC filed another policy grievance on July 27th 2016. The hearing was scheduled for October 2018. We are pleased to announce that we now have a signed Memorandum of Settlement on this matter with TB.  

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Publication date : 2018-10-30
Not all Questions are Good Questions: Avoiding Discriminatory Interview Practices
Not all Questions are Good Questions: Avoiding Discriminatory Interview Practices

Much ink has been spilled over a recent decision by the Commission de la fonction publique (the "Commission") on the topic of discriminatory interview practices. In Association des procureurs aux poursuites criminelles et pénales et Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales[1], the Commission found that the plaintiff had been discriminated against when she was denied a position due to her pregnancy.

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Publication date : 2018-10-11
Federal government facing pushback over bill to transform justice system
Federal government facing pushback over bill to transform justice system

One thing that both the prosecution and the defence seem to agree on is that the federal government’s push to cut preliminary inquiries in most criminal cases will not solve the long-standing problem of delays in the criminal justice system.

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Publication date : 2018-10-01


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Lawyers and notaries show on Parliament Hill

01-11-2016

Manifestation des avocats et juristes de l'État québécois sur la colline Parlementaire, à Québec  Photo : Radio-Canada/Nicole Germain

 

Quelques centaines d'avocats et notaires de l'État québécois, en grève depuis une semaine, manifestent ce midi devant les bureaux du Conseil du Trésor à Québec pour réclamer une fois de plus la reprise des négociations avec le gouvernement.

 

Le président de l'Association des notaires et avocats de l'État québécois (LANEQ), Jean Denis, a réaffirmé que les « hautes autorités » du gouvernement lui ont fait savoir qu'un retour à la table des négociations est prévu « bientôt ». Mais pour l'instant, « il ne se passe rien » dans les négociations, déplore-t-il.

 

Le principal point de litige est le mode de négociation des conditions de travail. LANEQ veut remplacer le processus de médiation actuellement en vigueur par un mécanisme d'arbitrage liant le gouvernement. 

 

Cela ferait en sorte que le gouvernement devrait se soumettre à la décision d'un arbitre choisi par les deux parties, sans possibilité d'adopter une loi spéciale, comme cela s'est produit au terme de la dernière négociation, en 2011. Un tel mécanisme est déjà en vigueur en Ontario, au Manitoba, en Colombie-Britannique et en Nouvelle-Écosse,

 

« Est-ce que c'est une façon de négocier, une façon d'exercer nos droits que de toujours avoir une loi spéciale au-dessus de nos têtes? On pense que non », affirme Jean Denis.

 

Plusieurs juristes de Montréal participent à la manifestation. Sept autobus ont pris la route de la métropole vers Québec, ce matin.

 

Les quelque 1100 membres de LANEQ sont responsables notamment de la rédaction des projets de loi et des décrets du gouvernement. Ils sont en grève générale illimitée depuis le 24 octobre.

 

Les syndiqués sont sans contrat de travail depuis mars 2015.

 

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/regions/quebec/2016/11/01/004-avocats-notaires-etat-manifestation-quebec-greve.shtml