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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Supreme Court of Canada has noted delays in the justice system as one of the challenges Canada currently faces. “Here… the problem afflicts both criminal and civil cases… On the civil side, different but similar problems arise. Whether the litigation has to do with a business dispute or a family matter, people need prompt resolution so they can get on with their lives. Often, they cannot wait for years for an answer. When delay becomes too great, the courts are no longer an option. People look for other alternatives. Or they simply give up on justice.” For More: http://www.scc-csc.gc.ca/court-cour/ju/spe-dis/bm07-03-08-eng.asp

Links to related resources are listed below.

Court Delays a Priority: Chief Justice / Canada’s Top Judges Meet in Iqaluit

Author: CBC News
Year and Publisher: 2009, CBC.ca
Description: Reports on remarks by Chief Justice McLachin to a Canadian Judicial Council meeting in Iqaluit regarding reducing delay.
Link: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2009/09/15/nunavut-judicial-council.html

Ontario may not meet Target on Court Delays

Author: The Canadian Press
Year and Publisher: 2012, CBC.ca
Description: Ontario’s governing Liberals have their doubts about whether they’ll be able to meet their own lofty target to cut down on court appearances that delay criminal cases.
Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/01/22/toronto-ontario-court-delay-target.html

Discovery Best Practices: General Guidelines for the Discovery Process in Ontario

Author: Ontario Bar Association
Year and Publisher: 2005, Ontario Bar Association
Description: Manual providing “a source of practical suggestions and tips to the profession that will help reduce unnecessary cost and delay in the discovery process.”
Link: http://oba.org/en/pdf_newsletter/DTFGeneralDiscoverybest.pdf

Preliminary Report Regarding Rule 66 Trials

Author: Grant D. Burnyeat
Year and Publisher: 2000, Litigation Management Committee
Description: Assessment of the operation of fast track litigation via Rule 66.
Link: rule_66.pdf
See also: http://www.justiceeducation.ca/themes/framework/documents/bcschic_fast.pdf

Report of Will-Say Statements Working Group

Author: E. David D. Tavender et al.
Year and Publisher: 1998, Canadian Bar Association
Description: The Civil Justice Implementation Committee accepts the Will-Say Working Group’s recommendation that one or more pilot projects be established at suitable locations in order to obtain reliable data as to whether the use of pre-discovery witness’ summaries will assist in reducing discovery cost and delay and help parties to achieve earlier, effective settlements.
Link: will-say.pdf