A Vancouver Island lawyer says the ongoing sheriff shortage at the Victoria courthouse is hitting some families with kids taken into government care particularly hard.
“I have a number of cases this year that have had to be adjourned or rescheduled because of a lack of sheriffs,” says Christine Churcher.
Churcher, who specializes in family law, says the cases can be delayed for weeks or even months.
“During that time the children remain in the care of the director, often without having the evidence against a parent tested in court.”
And during that time, Churcher says orders are in place limiting time kids can see their parents to sometimes just a few hours a week.
The sheriff shortage was highlighted last month after delays meant two accused drug dealers walked free.
The Attorney General says more sheriffs are being graduated but it takes time.