Title

The Hours are Long: Unreasonable Delay after Jordan

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

Source Publication

81 Supreme Court Law Review 233

Abstract

In its most recent case on the section 11(b) Charter right to be tried within a reasonable time, R v Jordan, the Supreme Court of Canada invoked "the familiar maxim: 'Justice delayed is justice denied.'" Marshall McLuhan once ventured a characteristically maverick rejoinder to that particular old chestnut: "Whereas convictions depend on speed-ups, justice requires delay." In reality, both aphorisms hit upon important truths about our criminal justice system. Taken together, they underscore the importance of carefully calibrating the right to be tried within a reasonable time.

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