MPP Randy Hillier wants both the federal and provincial Attorneys General to take action on the 14 Superior Court of Justice vacancies in Ontario.
Hillier wrote a letter citing the debilitating effect on access to justice that these vacant positions are imposing on the people of Ontario.
Hillier says, “There are far too many cases being thrown out due to systemic delays. In 2015, over 43% of all cases in Ontario were stayed or withdrawn before trial.”
He added, “This failure to fill vacancies is resulting in both dangerous and violent criminals being released back into our communities, or innocent people being unduly deprived of their liberties.”
MPP Hillier’s letter proposes the creation of a system which would mandate that judicial vacancies be filled in a timely and expeditious manner.
Hillier adds, “I would strongly recommend that a framework be developed that would set obligations for future Attorneys General to avoid prolonged vacancies which harm our justice system.”