David — January 19, 2011
“[In Ontario] the average court charge now takes 205 days to complete, rather than 115 day in 1992. Accused make an average of nine court appearances, compared to just four fifteen years ago. This means more time in remand for those charged and without the resources for bail. It means endless pain for the victims of crime forced to endure endless hearings and stayed motions. On the civil side, court delay basically means a two-tier justice system. The rich can afford to hire lawyers and endure the high costs that come with endless discoveries. Those of modest means are left without recourse because litigation means bankruptcy.”
Yes you heard that right: 205 days. This seems excessive but should anyone be surprised? The court system is a government run institution like any other and thus it is liable to grow stagnant due to lack of competition. It seems that the Ontario Court system has fallen victim to just that.
As worrisome as Ontario’s situation is the only thing worse would be for American style litigation to come to this country.
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