New Practice Directions to Reduce Delay in Criminal Proceedings

October 24, 2023

Effective November 1, 2023, the Ontario Court of Justice is implementing three new practice directions aimed at reducing delay and unnecessary administrative appearances in criminal proceedings.

Jordan-Compliant Trial Scheduling

This practice direction commits the Court to offering a criminal trial date that complies with the obligations set out in R. v. Jordan to ensure an accused person’s constitutional right to a trial within a reasonable time is respected.

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Section 11(b) Charter Applications

This new practice direction is intended to provide for fair, timely and efficient determination of s. 11(b) Charter applications.

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12-Week Adjournment from First Appearance in Criminal Case Management Court for Counsel Matters (Toronto and Brampton only)

This practice direction, which will be implemented in Toronto and Brampton, establishes a standard 12-week adjournment for matters in which counsel is retained at an accused person’s first or second appearance in case management court.

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