If you think victims don’t always get justice, you are right, especially in Alberta.
Court cases are being stayed in Calgary because of a lack of prosecutors.
In Edmonton, from March to June of this year, more than a hundred files were not prosecuted.
These are what they call low complexity cases, that would take less than half a day to prosecute, like shoplifting, mischief and assault.
The province is promising to hire 50 new prosecutors, but we could do better than that.
To avoid delays, we could have night court handle arraignments or bail. That’s night court, like they have in other places, like California or Australia. In Canada, Vancouver has night court for small claims civil cases.
Those looking for work, could clerk. Witnesses who work days would not have to take time off.
There are complaints drunk driving cases take too long. Police could bring the blow-over right to the judge, to stagger in immediately, not in six months when the driver is in a suit and sober.
Have they considered night court? Is it a bad idea or can the people in charge not see the forest for the felons?
Let me know what you think.