One aspect of Ontario Auditor General Jim McCarter’s annual report, released yesterday, revealed the number of Crown attorneys has more than doubled since 1993, yet the number of criminal charges is relatively the same (572,000 in 1992 compared to 576,000 in 2011).
Scott Rogers, an assistant Crown attorney and president of the Ontario Crown Attorneys’ Association, says there is good reason for this. The criminal justice system is more complex these days, he says, primarily because of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
“Murder trials just don’t go through our system that fast anymore,” says Rogers. “You have preliminary hearings that take weeks and weeks and weeks, followed by trials in the Superior Court that take months and months and months.”