Amazing - so why not hire more Justice of the Peaces or lay less frivolous or vexatious charges or reduce the number of laws which serve no purpose other then gouging more money from the victims who are trapped in the speedy justice system . PR
Osprey Media. - Brantford Expositor: "Justice of the peace shortage causing backlog in Norfolk court
Local News - Wednesday, February 07, 2007 Updated @ 9:25:12 AM
A provincewide shortage of justices of the peace is creating a backlog of cases in Norfolk's provincial offences court and costing the county money.
Council learned Tuesday that the local POA court is only staffed by justices of the peace once a week, on Thursday. When the responsibility for POA courts was first transferred from the province in 2001, justices of the peace were provided on other days when a lengthy or multi-day trial was scheduled.
But that changed in 2006 because there weren't enough JPs to go around. As a result, these matters were added to the schedule of regular trial matters, which has overloaded the docket.
Frank Gelinas, the county's general manager of corporate services, said some trial matters - including serious highway traffic offences - may have to be adjourned or withdrawn if the county can't schedule a trial within a reasonable time frame. 'Norfolk County loses its ability to administer justice in a fair and equitable manner and loses revenue as a result,' he said in his report to council. "