Despite the overwhelming barrage of news coming from the U.S., there have been plenty of important cases and stories in criminal law here in Canada.
It has now been just over six months since one of the most important cases of 2016, R v. Jordan, was released. In it, the Supreme Court of Canada established a presumptive ceiling of 18 months delay in getting a case to trial at the provincial court level. If a case takes longer, then the Crown must prove that the delay is not unreasonable given the circumstances of the case. Otherwise, an accused person's right to a trial in a reasonable time under s. 11(b) are breached, and the case should be stayed.