Court delays have been blamed for a number of serious cases being tossed out in B.C.
A Senate Committee is in Vancouver on Tuesday, trying to put a stop to it.
The Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs says serious criminal charges have been stayed, convictions overturned and complainants “victimized all over again when the wheels of justice turn too slowly.”
Senators are in Vancouver Tuesday and will hear from a number of witnesses including Geoffrey Cowper, the lawyer who issued a sweeping report of BC’s justice system in 2012.
“There have been improvements. There was a huge reduction in the backlog in the Provincial Court of criminal cases . I think that more work needs to be done in relation to restorative justice and alternate measures then has be done so far, and I think we need to make further steps in terms of performance standards so we can hold ourselves accountable to concrete goals. I am going to be speaking to the need to develop national standards, the need to make sure that all of the courts have adequate information systems in order transparently report on timeliness so the public knows how cases are progressing.”
Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer will also testify.
The committee will release a final report in March.