Supreme Court stays charges against Alberta man over delay in bail hearing

The Supreme Court of Canada is seen at sunset in Ottawa, Tuesday September 1, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

An Alberta man accused of domestic violence will not face trial after the Supreme Court of Canada found he experienced undue delay in seeing a judge after his arrest.

Following a hearing Tuesday, the high court unanimously allowed Ryan Curtis Reilly’s appeal and restored a stay in his case.

Reilly was arrested on an April morning in 2017, but did not appear before a justice for a bail hearing until late evening the next day.

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The Crown acknowledged Reilly was held longer than 24 hours before seeing a judge, contrary to the Criminal Code and in violation of his charter rights.

As a result, a provincial court judge issued a stay of proceedings.

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However, Alberta’s Court of Appeal set aside the stay and ordered Reilly to stand trial, prompting his appeal to the Supreme Court.

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