Screening of Police Charges could help Clear Crowded Courts, Study says
"Nearly half of all criminal charges in Ontario are withdrawn or
tossed out before trial, a higher rate than anywhere else in Canada.
The finding comes in a new report that urges reform of the way
charges are laid in the province, with the aim of relieving an
overcrowded court system.
Using data from Statistics Canada, the study finds significantly heavier
caseloads in the court systems of provinces such as Ontario — where
police lay charges — versus British Columbia, Quebec and New Brunswick,
where Crown attorneys screen charges before they are laid to decide
whether there's a reasonable chance of conviction."
View the Report