The federal justice minister says she is well aware of the shortage of judges in Alberta and says we’ll soon see some relief.
At the end of a meeting with her provincial counterparts Friday, Jody Wilson-Raybould said we can expect more announcements on superior court justice appointments in the near future.
The shortage of judges in Alberta was brought to the forefront this week after a murder charge against Lance Regan was stayed because it took over five years to get the case to trial.
Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley says this case is deeply concerning.
“It’s really troubling to see the family of a victim who is not able to get justice. We’re very very concerned about this issue. We have been in discussions with our federal counterparts and I’m confident moves will be made expeditiously and that they understand the seriousness of the concern on this issue.”
Ganley points out Alberta has the lowest number of superior court justices in Canada, but adds it’s not an issue that arose overnight.
Wilson-Raybould says more superior court judge appointments are coming.
“We have made efforts and appointed a number of judges to superior courts back in June. I will be making an announcement in the near future in terms of additional appointments.”
Wilson-Raybould says the shortage of judges is just one of the things governments are looking at in a comprehensive review of the justice system.