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Speeding up criminal trials slows civil court system, but there are fixes | John McLeish and Stefanie Chimienti

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 12:13 PM | By John McLeish and Stefanie Chimienti

Civil trial lawyers complain about increasing delays in the civil trial system. In Toronto, while short trials (those lasting 10 days or less), can be scheduled within a year, the same is not true for long trials.

Long trials are now being scheduled into 2019. The delays in scheduling long trials have been caused by two main factors: first, a combination of judicial vacancies, and second, the repercussions of the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision of R. v. Jordan 2016 SCC 27, which requires a trial of...