A Canadian senator on a committee recommending the Justin Trudeau government take action on court delays says B.C. has seven vacancies for federal judges that need to be filled immediately.
Denise Batters also says the average time for a criminal case to make its way through the courts in B.C. is 113 days.
The Senate report says serious criminal charges have been stayed, convictions overturned and complainants “victimized all over again when the wheels of justice turn too slowly.”
The report recommends the federal government fill judicial vacancies, reduce the number of unnecessary court appearances, implement restorative justice programs and invest in new technology.