March 24, 1944 (19th Parliament, 5th Session)

NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

Have there been any complaints of delays by any representative of the Ontario bar to the minister?
Mr. ST. LAURENT: No, the only complaint I got was from a litigant who complained that his judgment had not been handed down. I have no recollection of receiving, over the last several months, any other complaint with respect to delay in any case in the exchequer court. The president of the exchequer court informed me when I inquired about the matter generally some weeks ago, that very satisfactory progress is being made in getting rid of the reserved cases both by himself and by his colleagues. But the number of cases has increased, and increased quite substantially. For instance, informations filed by the crown in 1935 amounted to twenty-five in number; in 1939 to sixteen; in 1943 to seventy-two. Petitions of right in 1935 were fifteen in number; in 1940, eleven; in 1943, fifty-three. Patent cases are not as numerous as they were before the war, because of the special situation arising out of the war, but it is anticipated that as soon as that special situation ceases to exist, the number of patent cases will very probably increase. There has been a substantial

increase in the amount of work to be done, and I am glad to know that all those who have taken part in the debate consider that it will be proper to have another judge there to carry on the work of the court expeditiously, because I admit that good justice must be expeditious justice. Otherwise, it is not really sound justice.

Topic:   EXCHEQUER COURT ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE FOR APPOINTMENT OF THIRD JUDGE
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