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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

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

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

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

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

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

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Crown prosecutors sign new contract with N.B. government


Chris Titus, president of the New Brunswick Crown Prosecutors Association, pictured here with Treasury Board president Roger Melanson, left, and Attorney General Serge Rousselle, right, said earlier that pay was the main stumbling block to an agreement. (Government of New Brunswick)


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.


A news release didn't explain "general economic increases" and no other details were immediately available.


The government signed the collective agreement with the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, the union representing 63 Crown prosecutors and family Crown counsel on Thursday.


No one from the union was available for comment Thursday.


New Brunswick prosecutors have been the lowest-paid in the country, the institute's vice-president, Steve Hindle, has said.


Job action was being "seriously contemplated" after 97 per cent of members rejected the government's previous offer of a one per cent wage increase for each of the next four years, Hindle said.


A tentative agreement was reached in January, after a meeting with a conciliation board.


The previous contract expired March 31, 2013.