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Crowns, defence counsel warn bail proposal would create huge trial delays

Monday, April 10, 2017 @ 4:42 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Proposed Criminal Code reforms that prosecutors and defence counsel warn will “exponentially” add to court delays by turning bail hearings into lengthy “mini-trials” are expected to be scotched by the majority Liberals — despite so far garnering significant cross-party support in both houses of Parliament.

This is the second successive week that the Commons Justice Committee is studying Bill S-217, which would amend s. 518 (1) of the Criminal Code to require (rather than simply permit, as the law stands now) Crowns, or police officers acting...