The provincial auditor is telling the Ministry of Justice to keep working on five recommendations made in 2014 in the 2017 auditor’s report.
The report, which was released Tuesday cites the added pressures on provincial court workloads, and the increased costs in paying for overtime pay.
Dale McFee, deputy minister for the ministry of justice, says overall he is feeling good about the report.
“What I can say is we’re in a pretty good place to do what we need to do about it,” McFee said. “And I am confident at this time next year, that our numbers will go up significantly, as we’ve knocked off three of the seven now.”
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In order to meet the 18-month deadline for provincial court cases made by the supreme court of Canada, the provincial auditor has recommended the justice ministry provide more support for the courts.
McFee, deputy minister for the ministry of justice, says people in remand is one of the areas needing work.
“All these people in remand, are but 13-percent of them get out,” McFee said. “So, I think it’s a point in time where you need to prioritize ones to get these assessments done. And that’s what we’re focussing on. If that leads to the fact that we’re going to need more staff through that process, then that will be something we will request.”
The ministry of justice was advised to improve on five areas of the six recommendations made in 2014, with the justice ministry already doing work to improve in these areas.