Hamilton Spectator: Stunning crisis in legal system jeopardizes ‘tsunami’ of Hamilton criminal cases

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To mark World News Day on September 28, 2022, the World News Day campaign is sharing stories that have had a significant social impact. This particular story, which was shared by the Hamilton Spectator, was first published on April 13, 2022.

Court backlogs are causing trials to be heard — and even scheduled — outside of the legal time frame.

An unprecedented number of trials in Hamilton’s Ontario Court of Justice — including a homicide — are in jeopardy of being tossed out because of the backlogged system is setting dates beyond the legal time limit. 

Already, a second-degree murder case is being considered for a stay of proceedings because it has dragged on for so long…

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