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Federal lawyers’ union says low pay contributing to ‘crisis’ in hiring, retention, court delays and stayed prosecutions

Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 6:55 AM | By Cristin Schmitz

The union leader representing 2,600 federal government lawyers says Ottawa’s persistent failure to pay competitive compensation is contributing to lacklustre lawyer recruitment, and severe staff shortages in major cities across the country — as well as to court delays and criminal charges being stayed for violating the Supreme Court’s speedy trial deadlines.

Ursula Hendel, president of the Association of Justice Counsel (AJC), spoke with The Lawyer’s Daily shortly before she testified before the Commons Human Resources Committee April 25 in support of amending the Federal Public...