Changes coming to BC justice system

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

The BC Justice Branch says it’s making headway in reforming the justice system to deal with major delays that’s even seen some high profile gangsters get off because their cases were taking too long to get to trial.
Spokesperson Neil Mackenzie says a key measure outlined in a ‘reform update’ is a court scheduling pilot project that is being rolled out in Port Coquitlam this summer.

“The move to an assignment court model which is first underway at the Port Coquitlam court house, involves the parties not being assigned to a specific court room, instead they attend an assignment court on the day of the trial to advise the court whether they are reading to proceed with a trial or hearing.”

The new scheduling system will be implemented in Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Surrey and Abbotsford by 2015 and 2016.

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