Pre-Trial Detention Under the Young Offenders Act: A Study of Urban Courts


TABLE 2.6 - CHARACTERISTICS OF JUDICIAL INTERIM RELEASE PROCEEDINGS BY COURT LOCATION

  Hal-Dart Tor Scar Wpg Edm Van Surrey Total sample
Percentage of cases where bail hearing adjourned 39.5% 66.4% 76.6% 75.5% 41.4% 34.1% 40.4% 54.6%
Total number 86 134 77 155 140 129 52 773
Average number of bail adjournments per case 1.2 2.0 2.1 2.5 2.2 1.5 2.4 2.1
Total number 28 87 55 115 58 41 21 405
Percentage of reverse onus cases 20.2% 48.4% 61.7% 41.8% 52.2% 11.7% 11.1% 35.4%
Total number 84 91 47 158 92 111 45 628

Presence and type of legal representation: Column percentages
  Hal-Dart Tor Scar Wpg Edm Van Surrey Total sample
No legal counsel 1.5 0 0 6.9 13.6 1.5 2.0 3.9
Duty counsel 4.4 74.8 60.0 26.4 35.2 50.0 26.0 42.2
Other defence counsel 94.1 25.2 40.0 63.9 39.8 48.5 72.0 51.9
Other e.g., parent 0 0 0 2.8 11.4 0 0 2.1
Total percent 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.1%
Total number 68 123 70 144 88 130 50 673

Notes:

  • In all courts but Toronto, legal aid staff lawyers act as both duty counsel and retained counsel. In Toronto and Scarborough, staff lawyers function primarily as duty counsel.
  • Whether the case was a reverse onus matter was not known in 23 percent of cases.

Date modified: