In the news this morning :
Premier Christy Clark has launched a sweeping review of B.C.’s courts and justice system, which she said will address wait times and backlogs with legislative changes this fall.
Clark appointed Vancouver lawyer Geoffrey Cowper to chair the review. She said that while the crime rate is dropping, the number of court cases delayed and stayed is rising and long-term changes are needed.
The premier also appeared to brush aside an immediate infusion of new money into the courts, saying her government won’t “close our eyes” and increase funding without long-term changes.
“We need to get a close good look at this problem and then we need to come up with long term solutions that makes sure we are making absolutely the best use of every dollar that citizens spend to provide justice,” said Clark.
Cowper’s review will consult with the independent judiciary, Crown counsel, lawyers, police and others, she said. The review will be due in July, and Clark said her government will move forward with implementing changes in the fall.
Yes, I am laughing as I type this and with good reason. Where the hell has this woman been for the last few years? Is she really trying to pretend she doesn’t know why the courts are so backlogged and messed up, why people who drink and drive are set free with no penalty or consequence ?
We don’t need a review, we need to give Christy and crew a reality check bigger than Bruce Allan can get worked up over. Cancel Mr. Cowpers contract Christy, save the taxpayers some money, I’ve already conducted a thorough review.
From the 100 reasons the BC Liberals need to go :
96. Closed 24 of 68 courthouses so the Attorney General could meet budget targets , therefore putting excessive strain and overload on the remaining ones, and forcing people to travel further to deal with family and criminal matters.
95. above reduction in the number of courthouses has now lengthened the trial wait times in some areas to years, which often results in the accused being released from all charges because of the right to a speedy trial.
94. Since 2001, 10 jails have been closed across the province, creating dangerously overloaded conditions in the remaining facilities,and increasing the likelihood many criminals will serve time in the community or receive suspended sentences because of that overcrowding.
93. Massive, MASSIVE cutbacks to legal aid services in this province, across the board, for the entire time Campbell has been in power . More people than ever are unable to remedy family law and simple legal matters because of lack of funding and resulting closures to free clinics, help lines and offices. http://www.povnet.org/node/3629 details in the reasons below.
92. 85% of Legal Aid offices in BC closed,
91. reduction in 75% of staff
90. cut family law by 60%
89. Closure of LawLine, a free legal assistance number for low income people to access help and advice.
88. Closure of 5 regional Legal Aid offices in Surrey, Victoria, Kelowna, Kamloops and Prince George.