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

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Supreme Court ruling on trial delays ‘out of step with reality,’ senators say

14-06-2017

Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Chair Senator Bob Runciman, left, with Senator George Baker. Runciman said the Supreme Court did not have enough data last year about the potential impact of its Jordan ruling “before it stepped off a cliff” and imposed the new trial timelines.  (ADRIAN WYLD / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

 

A group of senators slammed the Supreme Court of Canada for being “out of step with reality” and careening “off a cliff” in its attempt to curb trial delays by setting rigid deadlines the justice system can’t currently realistically meet.

 

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.

 

Sen. George Baker warned “tens of thousands” of criminal charges risk being tossed next year as a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling last July in a drug case called “Jordan,” which set 18-month deadlines for trials in provincial courts, and 30-month ceilings on trials in superior courts.

 

Baker, an independent appointed by a previous Liberal government, and Conservative Sen. Bob Runciman said the Supreme Court did not have enough data last year about the potential impact of its Jordan ruling “before it stepped off a cliff” and imposed the new trial timelines.

 

Yet the senate committee report says it is not the high court’s fault that despite rulings in 1990 and 1992 intended to curb delays, trial delays have become an endemic part of the system.

 

“Legislative solutions can take you only so far,” Runciman said. “It’s the legal culture we need to change. Delay is regarded as the norm. Cases are adjourned routinely for no good reasons.”

 

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/06/14/supreme-court-ruling-on-trial-delays-out-of-step-with-reality-senators-say.html