WeirFoulds partner Jordan Glick spoke to Law Times about how the Supreme Court of Canada’s R. v. Jordan decision might actually be lengthening delays in such matters.
Law student Tanvir Islam has endured more than two years of legal wrangling over an $85 ticket Toronto police gave him in 2014 for allegedly failing to obey a stop sign — a Part 1 offence under the Provincial Offences Act.
Jordan Glick, a partner with WeirFoulds LLP, who was not involved in the case, says the decision shows that the Supreme Court’s decision in Jordan is allowing provincial courts to tolerate longer delays than they would have under the old framework. The Jordan decision put an 18-month cap on delays in provincial courts, overturning the previous guidelines that held delays could not exceed eight to 10 months, Glick says.
“I suspect that a lot of cases that would have been viewed as intolerable from a delay standpoint prior to Jordan from a POA Part 1 perspective . . . may now be viewed as tolerable delay, which might lead to greater complacency, less resources, less of a focus on these offences, which really do touch quite a large volume of people in Ontario every year,” he says.
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