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Jordan decision may spur more dismissals due to delaying trials

Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 7:00 PM | By Kim Arnott

A first-degree murder charge recently stayed by an Ontario Superior Court judge is thrusting the issue of trial delay into public attention.

While delay ceilings established by the Supreme Court of Canada in July brought the problem into sharp focus for the legal community, the impact of that ruling is now becoming evident to the public.

Protest marches, media coverage and newspaper editorials have followed the decision by Justice Julianne Parfett to enter a stay of proceeding on the grounds that accused Adam Picard’s s. 11(b)...