Sask. judge denies request to stay COVID-19 health order violation cases – CBC

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Sask. judge denies request to stay COVID-19 health order violation cases – CBC

by tmnationtalk on August 17, 202255 Views

Defendants argued pandemic delays could be unconstitutional, judge disagreed

Aug 16, 2022

A judge in Saskatchewan decided that those waiting to deal with their COVID-19 public health order violation tickets can keep waiting.

The decision published from Saskatoon earlier this month said those who thought their delays were potentially unconstitutional were wrong, given the unforeseen and exceptional circumstances surrounding the pandemic.

A group of three defendants — two people and a numbered company tied to a nightclub or lounge in Saskatchewan — with a total of seven public health order violations between them, asked the courts to stay their proceedings.

They argued an 18-month limit existed due to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R v Jordan, 2016. That case determined those with legal proceedings against them deserved to be tried within a reasonable period of time, as per the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/judge-throws-out-ask-to-stay-covid-19-health-order-violations-1.6552598

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