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Date de parution : 2018-08-09
'Pressure points': Five new provincial court judges hired to help ease backlogs

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Date de parution : 2018-07-31
Long waits for RCMP firearms forensics putting prosecutions at risk

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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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Striking Quebec lawyers, notaries to make province counter-offer


Quebec government lawyers and notaries form a picket line at the courthouse Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 in Montreal. Their union is sending the government a counter-proposal on its latest offer. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)


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. Friday.


"We hope the government will seriously examine our counter-proposal." 


The 1,100 lawyers and notaries have been on strike since October and have been without a collective agreement since March 2015.


The Treasury Board offer included, among other things, a proposal to pay those on strike on par with Crown prosecutors.


Union accuses government of disrespect


When the offer was received, LANEQ said in a statement that it was frustrated by the way the government made the proposal.


The union accused Moreau of trying to limit the negotiation period to 24 hours after an 18-week-long strike.


The union also accused Moreau of "disrespect" towards the negotiation process for announcing the offer during a news conference.


Moreau has not officially ruled out legislating the lawyers and notaries back to work.


The union says there was a strategy behind the timing of the strike: it leaves lawmakers paralyzed at a time when dozens of measures are waiting to be pushed ahead, such as the provincial rules on dangerous dogs, promised since the summer. 

with files from Radio-Canada's Sébastien Bovet