SCREENING OF POLICE CHARGES – Courts most crowded in provinces where police lay charges without Crown’s help
In Ontario, police lay charges and send them to the Crown Attorney to prosecute. Overcharging is intentional in expectation of Crown screening after the fact and to allow for the expected negotiations between the Crown and defence.
Nearly half of all criminal charges in Ontario are withdrawn or tossed out before trial, according to new research, prompting calls for reforms to how charges are laid.
Source: Courts most crowded in provinces where police lay charges without Crown’s help