Jordan applications

Find out how many Jordan applications have been filed in Alberta.

Overview

The Supreme Court of Canada’s 2016 R. v. Jordan decision – often called the ‘Jordan decision’ – establishes timelines that trials must be heard by:

  • 18 months after charges are laid – for a province’s main entry point into the court system (eg,  Provincial Court of Alberta)
  • 30 months after charges are laid – for a province’s superior court (eg, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta)

Filed applications

Justice and Solicitor General started tracking defence applications – to dismiss cases based on Jordan timelines – on October 25, 2016.

136 Jordan applications have been filed in Alberta courts from October 25, 2016 - September 14, 2017:

  • 18 pending
  • 35 dismissed by the court
  • 8 granted (1 was appealed by the Crown)
  • 31 abandoned by the defence
  • 13 proactively stayed by the Crown (on the basis that they wouldn’t survive a Jordan application)
  • 31 resolved (unrelated to Jordan)

Related

Crown Prosecutors' Manual
Triage Protocol for Crown Prosecutors (PDF)