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Re-evaluation of institutional delay leads to overturned stay on murder charge

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 1:39 PM | By Ian Burns

Observers say a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision on trial delay offers some lessons for prosecutors on how they approach the issue of ensuring people’s right to a speedy trial is maintained.

In R. v. Picard, 2017 ONCA 692, which was released Sept. 7, the court overturned the order of Justice Julianne A. Parfett of the Superior Court of Justice, staying the proceedings in a first-degree murder charge (R. v. Picard, 2016 ONSC 7061).

In December 2012, Adam Picard was charged with the first-degree murder...