Ontario's court backlog is growing and courtrooms sit for only about 2.8 hours per day: auditor
191 cases stayed in last 3 years due to long wait times, report says
Ontario's auditor general says a backlog of criminal cases in the court system is growing, and courtrooms only operate for an average of 2.8 hours a day.
Bonnie Lysyk's annual report looked at various aspects of the justice system, including criminal and family courts, jails and detention centres, as well as coroners' operations.
The report also says that Office of the Chief Coroner doesn't have procedures for inventories of bodies, leading to some being found in the wrong cooler.
In the courts, Lysyk found that the number of criminal cases awaiting resolution grew by 27 per cent to about 114,000 cases, while the average number of days needed to deal with a case grew by nine per cent.