The Final Report on Early Case Consideration of the Steering Committee on Justice Efficiencies and Access to the Justice System

The Mandate of the Early Case Consideration Subcommittee

It is against this backdrop that the Justice Efficiencies and Access to Justice Steering Committee[21] mandated the Early Case Consideration Subcommittee, composed of The Hon. Chief Justice Joseph P. Kennedy, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, The Hon. Chief Judge Raymond E. Wyant, Manitoba Provincial Court, Murray Segal, Deputy Attorney General, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, Terrence J. Matchett, Q.C., Deputy Minister of Justice and of the Attorney General, Ministry of Justice of Alberta and William (Bill) Trudell, Chair, Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers,[22] to identify ways to improve processes and relationships in the justice system with the goal of decreasing the number of court appearances necessary to resolve a case. This must be done in a way that respects roles and advances the tenets of justice. The Subcommittee commenced its work by conducting a literature review.[23] This review suggested the work of the Subcommittee should focus on the following six areas.

  • Police and prosecution linkages
  • Police release from custody
  • Bail and remand
  • Early resolution mechanisms
  • Diversion and restorative justice
  • Case flow management

The Subcommittee prepared a set of draft recommendations relating to each of these areas. It then conducted an informal consultation process involving judges, Crown counsel, defence counsel, legal aid and court officials and police officers from across the country. Once the consultation process was completed, the following recommendations were refined and presented to the Steering Committee.

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