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Request for more judges a necessary move for strained system, lawyers say

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 11:57 AM | By Terry Davidson

Ontario’s Superior Court needs additional judges for a strained system that forces the accused to wait years for trial, makes civil cases the “lesser third cousin” to criminal matters and has children sit in “emotionally charged” homes as parents await divorce proceedings, say lawyers.

Melanie Manchee, Toronto Lawyers AssociationThese comments come after the Superior Court of Justice’s Chief Justice Heather Forster Smith called on Canada’s justice minister to add a total of 12 additional judges to a provincial bench being overwhelmed by a never-ending onslaught of...