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Quebec boosts spending on justice system

Thursday, January 12, 2017 @ 7:00 PM | By Luis Millan

Under mounting pressure to ease the huge backlog of cases in the criminal court system, the Quebec government recently announced it will spend $175.2 million over the next four years to recruit new judges, prosecutors and support staff and add new courtrooms.

The moves, which the Quebec legal community have been clamouring for for years, come on the heels of revelations that approximately 288 criminal cases may be dropped following the Supreme Court’s precedent-setting ruling last July in R. v. Jordan 2016 SCC 27. The decision...