Globe and Mail quotes Vancouver lawyer Geoffrey Cowper in an article on the ‘culture of timeliness’ in the B.C. courts system and the example it can provide to other provinces.
In February, 2012, with the province under fire due to the dismissals and shows of frustration from judges, B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced a justice-system review. The review was led by Geoffrey Cowper, a senior lawyer with Fasken Martineau.
Mr. Cowpers report was released in August of that year and he said B.C.s justice system would have to transform a culture of delay to a culture of timeliness. He made dozens of recommendations primarily aimed at reducing delays and backlogs.
In an update to his report, released this past October, Mr. Cowper said B.C. courts have seen a change. He said the number of cases pending in B.C. for more than 18 months declined from approximately 4,850 in March, 2012, to about 1,700 in March, 2016.