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Date de parution : 2019-05-30
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Date de parution : 2019-05-15
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Date de parution : 2019-05-08
Government of Canada and public service unions announce compensation for federal employees impacted

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Date de parution : 2019-05-03
PSAC rejects compensation offer for Phoenix pay fiasco, other groups accept
PSAC rejects compensation offer for Phoenix pay fiasco, other groups accept

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Date de parution : 2019-05-03
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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Date de parution : 2018-12-18


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Crown attorneys want to form a union, but NDP government presents a hurdle

17-08-2018

James Pickard, president of the Alberta Crown Attorneys' Association

 

The Alberta Crown Attorneys’ Association has filed two applications to the Alberta Labour Relations Board, including an application for certification as a bargaining unit.

 

Before it can be certified though, the association is asking the board to declare unconstitutional parts of the Public Service Employee Relations Act that would prevent the association from serving as a collective bargaining unit.

 

Association president James Pickard said the organization had hoped the government would change the legislation so it would not have to launch a challenge under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

 

That didn’t happen, he said in an interview Friday.

 

“We’ve talked to the province about trying to do something co-operatively. I can’t get into details, of course, about what happened and where that went, but obviously we’re making this application, so we weren’t able to do anything co-operatively,” said Pickard.

 

“They’re opposed to the Labour Relations Board application, and that’s all I can say at this point.”

 

Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley declined an interview request and the government refused to comment because the matter is before the board.

 

Pickard said a number of factors led members of the Crown attorneys’ association to vote last fall in favour of seeking a collective agreement.

 

Government wage freezes that have hampered recruitment and retention, concerns over prosecutor safety and ongoing staff shortages and delays around court cases influenced the decision and are among the issues that bargaining could help address, he said.

 

“What we’re looking for is fairness, certainty. We want to have a voice in what happens to us. And I think ultimately, we also want to make sure we have a strong prosecution service,” said Pickard.

 

Pickard stressed that the idea isn’t new and that Crown attorneys in most other provinces are able to bargain collectively.

 

The LRB will hold hearings on the applications in December.

 

https://calgaryherald.com/news/politics/crown-attorneys-looking-to-unionize