The Crown Law Office has decided not to appeal a judge’s decision to throw out a high-profile fraud case that took more than four years to bring to trial. The case took much too long — 51 months — to reach the trial stage.
Romance and renovation scam
Kevin Bishop, 52, from Ottawa had been charged with fraud over $5,000 in connection with an alleged romance and renovation scam. On Friday, the complainant in the case, Julie MacArthur, was given official notice that the judge’s decision will not be appealed.
Accused person’s right to be tried within a reasonable time
Last year, the Supreme Court of Canada established new rules for an accused person’s right to be tried within a reasonable time: The high court said Superior Court cases must be concluded within 30 months of charges being laid.
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