The Crown prosecutor’s office in Edmonton has stayed more than a dozen criminal cases citing a “lack of prosecution services.”
The cases involve charges ranging from fraud, possession of stolen property, assault with a weapon to assault of a peace officer and impaired driving.
“I ask that any trial dates… be cancelled,” the prosecutor asked in provincial court Tuesday morning.
The request was granted by the judge.
The landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling R. vs Jordan set out a new framework for determining whether a criminal trial has been unreasonably delayed.
According to the framework, an unreasonable delay would be presumed should proceedings – from the date of charge to conclusion of a trial – exceed 18 months in provincial court or 30 months in superior court.