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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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 2018-10-01
National Prosecution Authority (NPA) Hosts International Conference of Prosecutors Focusing on Prosecutorial Independence
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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Date de parution : 2018-09-11
South Africa hosts The International Association of Prosecutors’ Conference, 9-14 September 2018
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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Date de parution : 2018-09-10
Crown attorneys want to form a union, but NDP government presents a hurdle
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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Date de parution : 2018-08-17

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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 2018-10-01
National Prosecution Authority (NPA) Hosts International Conference of Prosecutors Focusing on Prosecutorial Independence
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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Date de parution : 2018-09-11
South Africa hosts The International Association of Prosecutors’ Conference, 9-14 September 2018
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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Date de parution : 2018-09-10
Crown attorneys want to form a union, but NDP government presents a hurdle
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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Date de parution : 2018-08-17
Ford opposes handgun ban as he pledges funds to fight gun violence
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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Date de parution : 2018-08-09
'Pressure points': Five new provincial court judges hired to help ease backlogs
‘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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Date de parution : 2018-07-31
Long waits for RCMP firearms forensics putting prosecutions at risk
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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Date de parution : 2018-07-26
Federal lawyers’ union says low pay contributing to ‘crisis’ in hiring, retention, court delays and stayed prosecutions
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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Date de parution : 2018-04-26
NDP's rural crime fighting plan gets mixed reviews
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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Date de parution : 2018-03-12
Why hiring more judges won’t necessarily speed up the justice system
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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Date de parution : 2018-03-09
More than 1,000 Ottawa criminal cases 'at-risk' of breaching delay limit
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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Date de parution : 2018-03-08
Bitter anniversary for Quebec government lawyers
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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Date de parution : 2018-02-28
‘Bully’ bosses issue ‘swept under the carpet’ until junior government lawyer sent email
‘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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Date de parution : 2018-02-22
Ontario government lawyers being terrorized by ‘bully’ bosses, secret report reveals
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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Date de parution : 2018-02-21
SCC paves way for ‘standby’ pay for federal Crowns
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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Date de parution : 2017-11-03
Courts still bogged down with delays, despite promises by government to fix the system
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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Date de parution : 2017-09-29
It's taking the RCMP longer than anticipated to digitize Canada's national database of criminal records
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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Date de parution : 2017-09-07
Les juristes promettent de traîner Couillard et Moreau devant les tribunaux
Lawyers promise to drag Couillard and Moreau to court

Malgré leurs quatre mois de grève en plein hiver, les avocats et notaires de l'État (LANEQ) devront se contenter de la plus faible hausse salariale de toute la fonction publique. Incapables de s'entendre avec Québec, ils promettent de traîner Philippe Couillard et Pierre Moreau devant les tribunaux.

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Date de parution : 2017-07-13
Avocats et notaires de l'État québécois : Échec prévisible de la médiation obligatoire

Les avocats et notaires de l'État québécois (LANEQ) réagit au dévoilement du rapport résultant de la médiation tenue obligatoirement avec le gouvernement en vertu de la loi. Le rapport conclut à l'échec de la médiation. Selon LANEQ, ce résultat désolant était prévisible, dans la mesure où la loi adoptée par le gouvernement pour forcer le retour au travail de ses membres ne permettait pas de réelle négociation.

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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 2017-07-12
A case of no respect?
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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Date de parution : 2017-07-10
'It lit a fire under me,' federal justice minister says of ruling on delays
‘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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Date de parution : 2017-07-06
'Incredibly damning allegation': Cardinal case ignites feud between prosecutors, justice minister
‘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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Date de parution : 2017-06-21
Supreme Court stands by controversial ruling requiring trials take place within a reasonable time
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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Date de parution : 2017-06-16
Senate committee outlines plan to fight court delays
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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Date de parution : 2017-06-14
Supreme Court ruling on trial delays 'out of step with reality,’ senators say
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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Date de parution : 2017-06-14
Canadian justice ministers plan emergency meeting as court delays threaten thousands of cases
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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Date de parution : 2017-04-27
Crown prosecutors sign new contract with N.B. government
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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Date de parution : 2017-04-13
Crown prosecutors need more training in sexual assault law, MPs hear
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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Date de parution : 2017-04-11
Saskatoon police want public 'to be aware but not afraid' after courthouse bombing
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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Date de parution : 2017-03-30
Alberta government pledges to hire more Crown prosecutors
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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Date de parution : 2017-03-13
Dozens of 'significant' criminal charges stayed due to lack of resources: Alberta Crown Attorneys' Association
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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Date de parution : 2017-03-09
Alberta to invest $14.5-million to ease court delays
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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Date de parution : 2017-03-09
New protocol encourages Alberta prosecutors to take plea bargains for serious crimes
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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Date de parution : 2017-03-08
Alberta tells prosecutors: Don't waste time on cases with 'slim chance' of conviction
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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Date de parution : 2017-03-08
Shortage of Crowns causes crisis in Alberta
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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Date de parution : 2017-03-07
Ontario judges stayed 46 cases due to court delays in 2016
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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 2017-03-02
La SQ du côté des juristes

Selon Me Luc Bruno, le négociateur des juristes, ce n'est qu'une question de temps avant que les procureurs de la Couronne imitent les policiers de la SQ et s'adressent aux tribunaux pour obtenir l'arbitrage au lieu de simples recommandations. Les propos de Me Bruno trouvent écho au sein de l'Association canadienne des juristes de l'État, présidée par un avocat d'Halifax, Me Rick Woodburn.

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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 2017-03-01
Québec oblige ses juristes à rentrer au travail mercredi matin

Québec a adopté mardi la loi spéciale qui met un terme à la grève des 1100 juristes de l’État qui durait depuis 19 semaines. Ils devront rentrer au boulot à 8 h 30 mercredi matin. Le projet de loi 127 a été adopté après 20 heures de procédures parlementaires qui se sont étirées dans la nuit de lundi à mardi, malgré l’unanimité des partis d’opposition contre cette mesure bâillon. Les juristes prévoient déjà contester la loi devant les tribunaux, jusqu’en Cour suprême.

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Date de parution : 2017-02-28
Vallée préfère les jeux vidéo, dénonce LANEQ

Les avocats et notaires de l'État québécois (LANEQ) soutiennent que la ministre de la Justice, Stéphanie Vallée, s'est amusée avec un jeu vidéo plutôt que de s'intéresser aux débats sur la loi spéciale.

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Date de parution : 2017-02-28
Juristes: la loi spéciale est déposée, les négociations sont suspendues

Le gouvernement Couillard a déposé lundi soir la loi spéciale pour forcer le retour au travail des avocats et notaires de l'État québécois, en grève depuis le 24 octobre. Pendant ce temps, les négociations ont été suspendues.

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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 2017-02-27
Loi spéciale: une entente ou moins d'argent pour les juristes

La loi spéciale de Pierre Moreau prévoit des jours de négociation supplémentaires avec les juristes de l'État. Mais, en cas d'échec, ceux-ci se verront imposer les hausses salariales les moins généreuses de toute la fonction publique. Et de loin.

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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 2016-11-17
Les avocats et notaires manifestent sur la colline Parlementaire

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.

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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 2016-10-27
Les avocats et notaires de l'État québécois reçoivent l'appui de leurs confrères canadiens

En plein cœur d'une grève générale illimité amorcée ce lundi 24 octobre, Les avocats et notaires de l'État québécois (LANEQ) annonce l'appui officiel de l'Association canadienne des juristes de l'État (ACJÉ). « Nous sommes fiers d'être aux côtés de nos confrères du Québec dans cette lutte pour la reconnaissance du rôle crucial que jouent les avocats et les notaires de l'État. ... Les juristes québécois devraient avoir la même valeur aux yeux du gouvernement du Québec qu'ailleurs au pays », déclare Me Rick Woodburn, président de l'ACJÉ.

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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 2015-01-26