Jordan applications

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


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.

179 Jordan applications have been filed in Alberta courts from October 25, 2016 - May 24, 2018:

  • 11 pending
  • 60 dismissed by the court
  • 15 granted (1 is being appealed by the Crown, 1 is possibly being appealed by the Crown)
  • 36 abandoned by the defence
  • 18 proactively stayed by the Crown (on the basis that they wouldn’t survive a Jordan application)
  • 39 resolved (unrelated to Jordan)


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