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TLA intervenes to preserve accused's right to counsel of choice

April 12, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sandra Porter
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The right of an accused to have counsel of choice is fundamental to Canada's criminal justice system, says the Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA).

The TLA is intervening to oppose a Crown application to remove counsel of record from a murder trial, says the association's president Melanie Manchee.

"The Crown will argue that the counsel in question is not available for trial within the thirty-month time frame set out in the Jordan case and in order to accommodate the co-accused’s right to a trial within a reasonable time, the right of the accused to counsel of choice must be sacrificed," she says. 

If the Crown application were to succeed, it would have a profound effect on the practice of criminal law in Toronto, Manchee says.

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