Delayed trial results in charges dropped
On December 13, 2012, the Honourable Judge Cartright judicially stayed the proceedings for one of Cory Armour's clients charged with impaired driving and having a blood alcohol concentration over .08. Mr. Armour's client was originally charged in 2010 and it took 11 months to get a first trial date, but it was subsequently adjourned because the officer was unavailable for court. A new trial date was set a further 8 months down the line resulting in a total delay of 19 months.
The Crown argued that the delay in this case was not unreasonable and that the client was not prejudiced by the delay in any event. Mr. Armour argued that the delay was indeed unreasonable and a breach of the client's right to a speedy trial. The Judge agreed - all charges were dropped.