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Alberta justice minister denies courtroom cuts; sources maintain tissues, water removed

Alberta Justice denies it ever gave a directive to remove tissues or water from courtrooms earlier this week but sources confirmed to Global News on Tuesday that these items would no longer be supplied.

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'State of continual crisis': Alberta Crown prosecutors overworked, understaffed
‘State of continual crisis’: Alberta Crown prosecutors overworked, understaffed

There’s 'a revolving door' of people leaving, says the association president

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Date de parution : 2019-12-12
Canada compensating former employees for damages caused by Phoenix pay system

The Government remains determined to address the impacts that the implementation of the Phoenix pay system has had on public servants. 

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Date de parution : 2019-11-30
Prosecutors question impact of UCP plan to double articling program
Prosecutors question impact of UCP plan to double articling program

A day after the province announced the doubling of its articling program for Crown prosecutors, the association overseeing them questioned the value of the plan.

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Date de parution : 2019-11-26
Crown attorneys association urges province to address staffing shortage in northern courts
Crown attorneys association urges province to address staffing shortage in northern courts

Manitoba prosecutors are calling on the provincial government to do something about a "crushing workload" in northern courts, which they say is putting a strain on the province's entire criminal justice system.

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Date de parution : 2019-11-26
'Something has to give': Alberta justice system braces for budget cuts
‘Something has to give’: Alberta justice system braces for budget cuts

Crown attorneys, clerks and others in the Alberta justice system are warning provincial budget cuts risk adding more backlogs to an already strained system.

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Date de parution : 2019-11-21

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N.S. government to return to talks with Crowns, as controversial law paused


Crown attorneys continue their protest outside the legislature in Halifax on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. Most of the province’s Crown attorneys walked off the job on Wednesday in response to the province introducing legislation that would take away their right to arbitration. The provincial government is seeking an injunction in Nova Scotia Supreme Court that would force the Crowns back to the courtroom. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan


HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's Liberal government today held off on enacting legislation that would have forced striking Crowns back to work, promising to return to the negotiating table next week.


Bill 203 passed into law late in the day, but Justice Minister Mark Furey says it isn't being proclaimed and the province will resume talks early in the week in hopes of resolving the wage dispute.


The minister says he believes the parties can "work towards a negotiated settlement," though a day earlier he'd accused prosecutors of putting their personal financial interests ahead of the needs of crime victims.


The legislation removes a negotiated right to binding arbitration the province had agreed to in 2016. In its place, it allows Crowns the right to strike so long as essential services are provided.


The Nova Scotia Crown Attorneys' Association says the law would strip them of all negotiating power, as all prosecutors are likely to be considered essential workers.


Perry Borden, the president of the association, said his union is expecting good faith negotiations.


This report by the Canadian Press was first published Oct. 25, 2019.