Alberta’s justice minister says the government has hired five new provincial court judges and is continuing work to get new Crown prosecutors in place.
Kathleen Ganley says four of the judge positions were created in the last budget, while the fifth was a vacancy.
The province has also filled eight of 20 new Crown prosecutor positions.
Ten of those spots are dedicated to addressing a rise in rural crime, and Ganley says four of those jobs have been filled.
Ganley says it takes time to hire the prosecutors, noting that there are barriers to getting jobs filled in rural areas.
The province has also hired three new medical examiners in Calgary to replace recent departures.