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Quashed Cases

Crown Attorney Steve Drake

An appeal heard in a Sydney Court yesterday relates to hundreds of court documents judged to have been prepared incorrectly by Cape Breton Regional Police.

Informations are court documents that include the basic information about a case and the person charged.

A local defence lawyer discovered an error in nine of his cases. He learned, the officer writing the Informations was not involved in the investigations.

As a result, the Judge threw out the cases, ruling the officer preparing the informations did not have sufficient knowledge. The charges included assaults, impaired driving and breaches of bail conditions.

The Crown has appealed the judge's decision. Crown Attorney Steve Drake explains the appeal to CBC's Joan Weeks.

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