Sask. moves to curtail preliminary hearings

Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Martel Popescul said preliminary hearings are valuable because they help both the defence and Crown prepare their case. The Saskatchewan government is moving to reduce prelims by 40 per cent. (Jason Warick)

By Jason Warick, CBC News, April 26, 2017

Justice Ministry to raise issue with federal government this week

The Saskatchewan government wants to axe nearly half of all preliminary hearings in the justice system, but not everyone agrees with the plan.

In an email to CBC News late Monday afternoon, an official said the Justice Ministry wants to decrease use of “prelims” by 40 per cent. With rare exceptions, no preliminary hearings would be permitted for cases with potential prison sentences under 14 years.

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