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Scrapping prelims won’t fix trial delays, critics say

Thursday, March 09, 2017 @ 7:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Mounting national pressure to reduce court delays by scrapping the preliminary inquiry is diverting attention away from more effective solutions, critics say.

In the wake of full Crown disclosure and more rigorous charge screening over the past 25 years, many provinces and judges have challenged the continuing utility of the preliminary inquiry, most recently in separate letters sent to Ottawa by Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi, and by Manitoba Attorney General Heather Stefanson and her province’s three chief justices.

Citing the need for “bold changes to...