Manitoba to hire 10 new crown attorneys, support staff

The Manitoba government is committing funds to hire 10 new crown attorneys and five new support workers.

New positions to help ease backlog in court system

Justice minister Andrew Swan and Insp. Gord Friesen of the Winnipeg Police Service talk about added resources to the Manitoba Justice system. 6:17

The Manitoba government is committing funds to hire 10 new Crown attorneys and five new support staff to help ease backlogs in the court system. .

Attorney General Andrew Swan also announced $300,000 to hire more civilian specialists with an information-sharing unit within the Winnipeg Police Service called the disclosure unit. 

Swan said the unit is staffed by civilians who ensure information about criminal cases is shared quickly with Crown attorneys, allowing officers to spend more time focusing on their core responsibilities in the community.

He said one of the crowns will be assigned to the role of community prosecutor to the Winnipeg Police Service's "block-by-block" crime initiative in the William Whyte neighbourhood.

"Our vision for the community prosecutor will be to work with residents, social service agencies and governments to address the needs of people going through the justice system," Swan said.

Swan said the 10 new Crown attorneys brings the total number of prosecutor positions to 178 including management and articling students.  

The provincial budget promised $34.8 million in funding for Winnipeg in 2014 for police and public safety initiatives, including new funding for the disclosure unit.