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"I'm sure, for them, there's nothing worse than putting in a report to Crown counsel and then having it sent back." Police could file an incorrect charge, then have the Crown withdraw it but by then the accused's name is public, he added.
"So why would you put that at the front door rather than the back door?
"I, personally, think it would probably provide me with more work," said Maple Ridge lawyer Robert Gunnell.
The current system is working well, Milburn said. Fewer convictions could result by allowing police to lay the initial charges.
The prosecutors are the ones who have to manage the case in the courtroom, said Milburn, who successfully defended Maple Ridge resident Victoria Turley, charged with failing to provide the necessities of life in the death of teenager Shannon Raymond.
'Allow Crown to keep laying charges'
"If you want to weed out the stuff that shouldn't be there, isn't it better to get that done before somebody is charged?"
Bond said the system of pre screening charges "works well for the most part 57 per cent of police reports are assessed within one full working day of being received, 71 per cent within five days and 93 per cent within 30 days."
Bond has hired Gary McCuaig to review the process as part of the Justice Reform Initiative.
That could result in dragging people through the courts for months before a charge is stayed or Versace Belt With Medusa Head Buckle dismissed. Gunnell also pointed out that if police lay charges, only to have them stayed, (put on hold for a year pending more Louis Vuitton Mens Belt Buckle
lays a charge, they're usually tough cases.
Don't mess with the way bad guys are brought into court unless you want to make lawyers a lot richer and drag down the justice system even more. Justice Minister Shirley Bond announced last week that she will review that model and compare it with the system used in most provinces, where police lay charges, then pass them Gucci Belt Gg Supreme
The current system also serves as a check on police power, added SFU criminology professor David MacAlister.
evidence) that file could hang around and show up in an individual's criminal record check, even though there's been no conviction. had a conviction rate of 70 per cent and Ontario, 60 per cent.
But like Gunnell, he'd welcome the business. "As a defence counsel, bring it on . As a citizen, I'm opposed to it. In the end, it will result in a less efficient court system."
"I think the charge procedure ought to remain as it is, with the Crown. They're the ones that have to prove the charges," he added.
on to the prosecutors.
The current set up is straightforward, he added. "You get a report, you read through it." That can be a half hour process, after which the Crown prosecutor knows if it's worthwhile going forward and that any time Crown Ferragamo Belts Real
"At the end of the day, Crown are the ones who make the determination as to whether it meets charge approval standards.
"You start having police review charges and determine charges and the Crown, in robotic fashion, goes forward and tries to prove those charges get ready for more acquittals, get ready for more wasted court time, get ready for more guys like me making more in the process and having a larger acquittal rate."
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