Legal experts concerned about COVID-19 impact on Canada’s court system - National | Globalnews.ca

2022-01-29 6:41:00 PM

“We can’t ignore the inefficiencies that arise from the inevitable adjournments that occur because of (COVID-19) surges,” said one expert.

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“We can’t ignore the inefficiencies that arise from the inevitable adjournments that occur because of ( COVID -19) surges,” said one expert.

The halls of justice may have become less crowded as a result of the COVID -19 pandemic, say legal experts , and they warn there are still unanswered questions ahead.

2:00COVID-compliant courts aim to clear backlog of jury trialsCOVID-compliant courts aim to clear backlog of jury trials – Apr 4, 2021Toronto lawyer, Bill Trudell, chairman of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers, said the system is “never going to get back to the way it was before.”

New technology is likely to mean the end of paper documents like sworn police statements, warrants and exhibits, he said.Story continues below advertisement“We’re going to see the end of unnecessary appearances in court, the set-date appearances that cram up the court.”

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2:00 COVID-compliant courts aim to clear backlog of jury trials COVID-compliant courts aim to clear backlog of jury trials – Apr 4, 2021 Toronto lawyer, Bill Trudell, chairman of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers, said the system is “never going to get back to the way it was before.” New technology is likely to mean the end of paper documents like sworn police statements, warrants and exhibits, he said. Follow live rolling coverage on Thursday. Story continues below advertisement “We’re going to see the end of unnecessary appearances in court, the set-date appearances that cram up the court. I feel fine and will be working from home.” Read more: ‘It’s a crisis’: Shortage of Alberta Crown prosecutors means 1,200 serious files at risk of being stayed Trudell cautioned the improvements need to be available in all parts of the country, including the most remote _ and that’s going to cost money.m. “Criminal justice, I’m worried, is going to be at the back of the bus in terms of funding for this technology. More than 23,000 test results have been entered in the platform since it was launched two days ago.

” Trudell said another victim of the pandemic could be defence lawyers just starting out. While about 85 per cent of the Canadian truckers who make regular border crossings to the US are vaccinated, this group has spoken out against mandates. He addressed the truckers protest against vaccine mandates, saying vaccination is the way out of the pandemic and urging the remaining minority of truckers to get a jab. “I’m really worried about people dropping out of the practice because of not being able to fund themselves. Criminal lawyers are not on salary,” said Trudell.m. “When you cancel a jury trial for six months … then that has a direct effect on the ability to make a living. A spokesperson for the PMO told the Star that Trudeau's exposure came after Wednesday's late-day press conference on Ukraine, and that he did the rapid test Wednesday night, showing a negative result.” 2:54 Métis National Council files lawsuit making shocking allegations of corruption against former officials Métis National Council files lawsuit making shocking allegations of corruption against former officials A shortage of defence lawyers could lead to burnout among those who remain and more people appearing without counsel in court, he suggested. In one such clip from the camera at the CentennialParkway overpass on the QEW, supporters can be seen stretching down the length of the overpass.

Story continues below advertisement A juror advocate in Toronto said the pandemic has meant changes for juries as well. Mark Farrant, who founded the Canadian Juries Commission, said some provinces are issuing taxi chits to jurors to help them avoid public transit and provide security in more controversial trials. There are also reports supporters have started to gather near Vaughan Mills mall, where the convoy is. The office would not say whether Trudeau has had a molecular, PCR test, which is more accurate than a rapid test. Another issue is jury pay. Only Saskatchewan, Quebec and Nunavut are adequately compensating jurors, he said, and with the uncertainty that will follow the pandemic, other jurisdictions _ most notably Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia _ will need to follow suit. “When we are talking Canadians who have been economically impacted, jury pay goes a long way to support individuals,” he said. Symptomatic people are presumed to have COVID and required to isolate.

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