Legal affairs Senate committee calls for action on judicial vacancies

A Senate committee has demanded the federal government immediately fill 44 judicial vacancies nationwide that it says are “hobbling” Canada’s justice system.Senator (from left) Denise Batters, Senator Claude Carignan and Senator George Baker speak in Ottawa Aug. 12 at the release of a Senate committee report on court delays. (Photo: Alex Robinson)The Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs released an interim report Aug. 12 outlining recommendations it says will help tackle court delays.
“We have a serious problem with court delays,” Senator George Baker, the deputy chairman of the committee, told reporters at the Canadian Bar Association conference in …
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