The time it takes to complete a charge in Canada’s criminal and youth courts has been steadily increasing according to a recent Statistics Canada report.
Adult criminal and youth court statistics in Canada, 2016/2017, released on Jan. 24, reveals alarming information about the adult criminal and youth court systems prior to the 2016 R. v. Jordan decision on court delays.
“Cases are more complex now than ever before. Accused persons are facing a greater number of charges and cases are taking longer to complete,” says Daniel Brown, lead counsel at Daniel Brown Law LLP in Toronto. He adds that the data should come as no surprise to anyone working within the justice system.