More than 8,000 court cases thrown out due to unreasonable delays
A man sits on a bench outside Montreal's courthouse on June 14, 2016 (CTV Montreal/Pedro Querido)
Published Thursday, December 6, 2018 3:21PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, December 6, 2018 7:30PM EST
Thousands of Quebecers will not have to go to court to challenge penal accusations against them thanks to the Jordan ruling.
The Crown prosecutors’ office has confirmed to CTV that the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions has ordered the cancellation of 8578 reports of offences for unreasonable delay.
Under the Jordan Supreme Court ruling, the time to be heard by a judge is limited to 18 months.
The cases that are being excused are mainly serious offences under the Highway Safety Code, such as dangerous driving, excessive speeding or cell phone use while driving.
According to a report by TVA, the province will lose about $3.5 million in fines due to the cancellation.
A letter was sent to the people whose cases were dropped.