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Like it or not, plea deals necessary for Canada’s justice system, says legal scholar

Monday, June 04, 2018 @ 9:12 AM | By Terry Davidson

Plea bargaining is a far-from-perfect path to resolution, but is an essential pressure valve for Canada’s resource-strapped justice system, says a legal scholar.

There are both pros and cons to the controversial practice of plea negotiations, said University of British Columbia law professor Isabel Grant, whose comments follow the release of a report by the Saskatchewan Law Review.

“An Inconvenient Bargain: The Ethical Implications of Plea Bargaining in Canada” takes a look at what it describes as “agreements made between Crown and defence counsel prior to...