Opposition parties are pressuring the Quebec government to act quickly before more criminal cases are tossed out of court. Across Canada judges have been dismissing criminal cases in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that justice delayed is justice denied. Justice Minister Stephanie Vallée said it is causing problems in Quebec.
At least 222 different trials are at risk
The highest court in the land ruled that provincial court cases should wrap up within 18 months of a suspect being charged, and gave a 30-month deadline for superior court cases. But now cases are dismissed because of unreasonably long delays between an arrest and the end of the trial. At least 222 different trials are at risk.
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