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$13M Real Estate Fraud Case Got Charges Stayed Since There's No Judge
Imagine being a victim of fraud, finding out who the alleged culprits are, gearing up for a trial, and then hearing that the charges have been stayed because there was no judge available for the trial to take place. That is exactly what happened in a recent case wherein Superior Court Justice Bonnie Croll had to stay the charges for the 12-week trial due in Toronto because no judge is available until January to preside over the trial.
Are Heavy Caseloads Burdening In Our Justice System?The decision came after finding out that the trial won’t be able to commence in a timely manner because there was simply no judge available for proceedings to take place. In fact, there are 16 judicial vacancies at present time. In a related news, there is a possibility that other criminal cases that are lined up in the federal justice system may be dismissed unless more judges are appointed soon.
Office of the chief justice of the Superior Court senior counsel Norrie Nathanson shared that there are significant concerns about the courts’ ability to keep up with the cases, more so in view of the 2016 landmark decision in the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision regarding R v. ... more

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