Justice can be a riot

Stanley Cup rioters could soon be facing charges, but who knows if they will ever evolve as justice system can't guarantee a speedy trial

It’s heartening to see that some charges have finally been recommended in connection with the riot in Vancouver following the Stanley Cup final.

While some have been anxious for police to recommend charges, it’s good to see they are taking care to ensure processes are followed and the investigation is thorough.

However, we can’t help but wonder how long these charges will take to get through the court system and whether any of those charged will see their case dropped because of an unduly long delay in getting the case to court.

Although with all the attention given to the rioters and the search and identification of those involved, one would assume these may not be your typical cases.

Premier Christy Clark has already stated she wants a show trial for those charged, so one can likely expect that these cases will move quickly.

But what will be the cost?

We are already seeing cases being dropped across British Columbia because the judiciary has deemed they took too long to get to trial.

Without any financial commitment from Victoria to ease the backlog in the court system, how many more serious crimes will go un-prosecuted across B.C. because of a political zeal to focus on the Vancouver riot?

Or, conversely, how many of those the premier wants desperately to make an example of will go free because our justice system can’t guarantee a speedy trial for those accused?

– Prince George Free Press


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