Canada’s justice minister says she’s poised to appoint a number of new judges to the bench following criticism from Alberta, where a first-degree murder charge was stayed because of an unreasonable delay in getting an accused to trial.
Jody Wilson-Raybould made the commitment Friday at the conclusion of a two-day meeting in Halifax with her provincial and territorial counterparts.
Raybould said she plans to announce more appointments in the “near future,” saying the federal government is reviewing the appointment process and the rate of vacancies in every jurisdiction.
In a mild-mannered statement released after the meeting, the justice ministers specifically cited their desire to end “delays in the completion of criminal cases.”
The statement also confirmed that the ministers spoke about another hot topic: the pending legalization of marijuana for non-medical use.