The justice system in Manitoba is not perfect, but it's getting better, says the chief justice of the province's Court of Queen's Bench.

In a rare sit-down interview on Thursday, Chief Justice Glenn Joyal told CBC News he would like to see a judge appointed in northern Manitoba. The move would help clear up a backlog of criminal cases there and in Winnipeg, as many serious cases end up in Winnipeg courtrooms.

The Court of Queen's Bench deals with some of the most serious crimes in the province, including murder and manslaughter.

However, the mother of an 18-year-old man who was killed in a 2010 shooting at an Elmwood house party said more needs to be done to speed up the justice process across the province.

Joyal said some court delays have improved because of a project called Assignment Court, which is designed to speed up the process.

Click on the video player above to watch Nelly Gonzalez's report. You can also watch an extended excerpt from the interview.