Accused slasher spared trial attributable to systemic delay at courthouse

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Solely one thing did go fallacious. When Perreault confirmed up along with his lawyer, Samantha Robinson, on Nov. 21, 2018, the Ottawa courthouse was brief two judges.

That’s as a result of the court docket despatched the judges to a coaching convention that was booked as much as a yr prematurely. So the court docket would have identified in regards to the scarcity of judges properly prematurely.


Nonetheless, the court docket scheduled some 25 prison issues for a similar day earlier than solely six judges. A number of the hearings had been cancelled prematurely, leaving 18 to be dealt with by six judges.

The court docket didn’t give precedence to Perreault’s trial, and as a substitute heard six different circumstances first. 5 of these circumstances had been truly booked after Perreault’s trial was scheduled.

Perreault confirmed up the subsequent day hoping to have his day in court docket, however a decide known as in sick, and the opposite two judges had been nonetheless at a coaching convention so not all issues had been reached — together with Perreault’s.


The straightforward day-and-a-half trial by no means began, even on the second day.

On that day — Nov. 22, 2018 — there have been 28 issues scheduled to be heard by six judges.

Six different hearings had been once more given precedence over Perreault’s trial despite the fact that it was on the fringe of the constitution ceiling.


The presiding decide mentioned: “Sadly due to the scheduling that’s been taking place recently within the court docket, it’s been very busy. Generally issues don’t get reached and also you’ve been the sufferer of that sadly.”

Ontario Courtroom Justice David Berg mentioned: “For causes I can’t fathom at this level, figuring out full properly that two of the judges weren’t scheduled … appears to not have supplied substitute judges to take care of the heavy lists in court docket … what now we have here’s a systemic downside within the court docket at the moment when there was not a full complement of judges.”

The decide famous that the jurist scarcity “was well-known to the court docket. Certainly, it was the court docket that despatched us.”


The court docket would have been conscious of this “many months prematurely and, certainly, it may have been as a lot as a yr prematurely,” the decide added.

Robinson, who gained the keep for premature delay, mentioned: “A keep of proceedings due to delay means neither social gathering will get their day in court docket. It’s not preferrred however typically it’s the one simply consequence. It’s a reduction that Mr. Perreault’s lengthy ordeal is lastly over.”