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Institutional bias favouring Crown attorneys preventing level playing field | Michael Spratt

Friday, March 03, 2017 @ 3:00 PM | By Michael Spratt

There have long been whispers in the criminal defence bar that Ontario’s judicial appointment process is broken.

Since June 13, 2017, when Ottawa area MP Yasir Naqvi took the reins as Ontario’s attorney general, 70 per cent of his appointments to the bench have been drawn from the Crown’s office. Over the last eight months 17 judges have been appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice — 12 of those appointments were Crown attorneys and five were defence counsel.

That does not seem like a level...