Federal prosecutors warned Ottawa of courtroom chaos in short-staffed Kenora district, internal memos show – The Globe and Mail

by ahnationtalk on September 17, 2019296 Views

In a sprawling region of Northwestern Ontario, Crown attorneys say an ‘unsustainable’ workload and poor organization are delaying justice

Federal prosecutors warned their bosses that severe understaffing and disorganization in a Northwestern Ontario district were damaging the justice system in the vast area and resulting in a “brutal quality” of service to Indigenous communities.

In a series of memos and e-mails to a Public Prosecution Service of Canada supervisor between May and October of last year, six Crown attorneys who were rotated into the Kenora judicial district reported a litany of concerns. The inconsistent and inadequate staffing they bluntly described is playing out against the backdrop of an escalating drug crisis and a revolving door of justices of the peace after two JPs in Kenora retired, one of them amid allegations of racism.

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