Barrett Richard Jordan v. Her Majesty the Queen (36068)

Posted on: 2022-01-07


Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms – Right to be tried within a reasonable time – How is the issue of institutional delay to be weighed in a s. 11(b) application? – Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, s. 11(b).

Between March and December 2008, the applicant was the subject of a police investigation into a dial-a-dope operation selling cocaine and heroin. The police executed a search warrant at the applicant’s residence which yielded 42.3 grams of heroin, 1463.5 grams of cocaine and crack cocaine, $6640 in cash and an employee “shift calendar” for the dial-a-dope line. The applicant was charged with several drug trafficking related offences in 2008. In September 2012 the applicant brought an application for judicial stay of proceedings pursuant to s. 24(1) of the Charter alleging his rights under s. 11(b) had been infringed due to an unreasonable delay in bringing his case to trial. The trial judge found that 32.5 months of delay in this case was due to institutional delay.

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Canadian charter (Criminal) - Right to be tried within a reasonable time (s. 11(b)).


(British Columbia) (Criminal) (By Leave)


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