Early plea bar­gains to be of­fered

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON/PROVINCE -

HAL­I­FAX - Nova Sco­tia prose­cu­tors will of­fer early plea bar­gains in mi­nor crim­i­nal cases in an at­tempt to meet Supreme Court of Canada de­mands for speed­ier tri­als.

Chief Judge Pamela Wil­liams says a work­ing group she chairs is launch­ing a new ef­fort to swiftly re­solve “rel­a­tively straight­for­ward mat­ters’’ in the Hal­i­fax area.

A Supreme Court ruling last July has left prov­inces scram­bling to dis­pose of the back­log of crim­i­nal charges. In a hand­ful of cases, in­clud­ing a first-de­gree mur­der trial, charges have been stayed or with­drawn on the grounds that the de­fen­dant’s right to a speedy trial had been vi­o­lated.

In a memo to Nova Sco­tia’s crim­i­nal lawyers, the provin­cial court chief judge says the pro­gram is meant for of­fences like breach­ing a court or­der, fail­ing a breath­a­lyzer test, and low-level as­saults.

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