Trial Delays

Ontario’s ministry of the attorney general is reviewing thousands of criminal charges that could be stayed or withdrawn because cases are taking too long to get to trial.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 has made the situation worse.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in July that a reasonable delay to trial is 18 months for provincial cases and 30 months for cases before the superior court.

The Ontario Crown Attorneys Association estimates there are about six-thousand criminal cases that could see charges stayed or withdrawn, and it blames a shortage of judges, prosecutors and court space.

The Canadian Press 

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