Chart 3
Percentage of cases exceeding the Jordan ceiling in adult criminal court, by province and territory, first three quarters of 2019/2020 and 2020/2021

Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia New Brunswick Quebec Ontario Saskatchewan Alberta British Columbia Yukon Northwest Territories Nunavut 0 5 10 15 % of cases First three quarters of 2019/2020First three quarters of 2019/2020 First three quarters of 2020/2021First three quarters of 2020/2021
Note(s):
The Supreme Court of Canada released the R. v. Jordan decision, a ceiling beyond which delays are considered unreasonable, in 2016. The time limits for the completion of criminal cases are set out as follows: 18 months for cases tried in provincial court and 30 months for cases tried in superior court or in provincial court following a preliminary inquiry. Prince Edward Island, Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador Superior Court are excluded because data were unavailable.
Source(s):
Preliminary quarterly data from the Integrated Criminal Court Survey (3312).

Chart description


This is a bar clustered chart.

Percentage of cases exceeding the Jordan ceiling in adult criminal court, by province and territory, first three quarters of 2019/2020 and 2020/2021, % of cases
  First three quarters of 2019/2020 First three quarters of 2020/2021
Newfoundland and Labrador 8.4 11.9
Nova Scotia 6.0 9.6
New Brunswick 3.5 4.9
Quebec 4.7 9.1
Ontario 4.5 8.2
Saskatchewan 1.8 2.2
Alberta 2.1 5.4
British Columbia 2.1 3.7
Yukon 6.9 12.5
Northwest Territories 0.7 2.4
Nunavut 0.8 1.6
Note(s):
The Supreme Court of Canada released the R. v. Jordan decision, a ceiling beyond which delays are considered unreasonable, in 2016. The time limits for the completion of criminal cases are set out as follows: 18 months for cases tried in provincial court and 30 months for cases tried in superior court or in provincial court following a preliminary inquiry. Prince Edward Island, Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador Superior Court are excluded because data were unavailable.
Source(s):
Preliminary quarterly data from the Integrated Criminal Court Survey (3312).
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