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Efficient Judicial Administration Strategy

WHEREAS over the past several years vacancies of judicial appointments have grown steadily;

WHEREAS in R. v. Jordan, a recent Supreme Court of Canada decision, the Supreme Court of
Canada put in place benchmarks for the timely bringing of cases to trial, failing which an
accused’s rights to be tried within a reasonable time would be infringed and the case at risk of
being dismissed;

WHEREAS since that case, scores of individuals charged with very serious criminal offences
including but not limited to murder have had their cases dismissed as a result of delay;

WHEREAS the public’s faith in the criminal justice system, a critical component to our justice
system, is being undermined by this;

WHEREAS the Senate has released a report recommending that the government set a standard
that judges be appointed to replace retiring judges by the date of retirement;

WHEREAS the Senate report has also recommended that the Minister of Justice stress the need
for superior court judges to improve case management and set higher standards for
adjournments, which stands to being cases to trial faster;

BE IT RESOLVED that a benchmark be established that a replacement judge be appointed
within one week of a judge’s planned retirement and within three months of the unanticipated
termination of their position, such as through death;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urge the government to stress
the need for superior court judges to improve case management and set higher standards for
adjournments.

 

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