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Legal group calls for Ottawa to preserve preliminary inquiries – The Globe and Mail

by ahnationtalk on March 15, 2017211 Views

Mar. 15, 2017

A national legal organization is urging federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to spare the preliminary inquiry, a major part of some criminal trials that has come under attack by several provinces, top judges and even the Supreme Court.

The top court disrupted the criminal-justice system last July by setting time limits, from charge to the completion of trials, of 18 months in Provincial Court and 30 months in Superior Court. By November, two men, one in Alberta and one in Ontario, had been freed from first-degree murder charges over delay. Since then, governments, judges and the broader legal community have been seeking answers to the long-entrenched problem of slow justice, in which the wait for a preliminary inquiry may take up half the time or more allotted to the entire criminal proceedings.

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