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Defence counsel’s delays in Nova Scotia trial could be test for Jordan, lawyer says

Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 9:26 AM | By Terry Davidson

Rules around delay of justice set by Canada’s top court could face “novel” territory after a Nova Scotia court quashed a sex assault conviction due to a trial beset with tardiness, stoppages and inadequate representation by defence counsel, says a lawyer involved.

On March 16, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, in R. v. Simpson 2018 NSCA 25, ordered a new trial for Paul Wayne Simpson, who in February of last year was convicted of sexual assault involving a woman he reportedly met online.

According to...