Ottawa police and prosecutors were given a new power to unclog the court system. They’ve barely used it

June 17, 2021

Earlier this month, the Ottawa police disclosed they have used a law designed to unclog the court system and encourage racial equality in the justice system just four times in the two years the law has existed.

It turns out giving prosecutors and police greater discretionary powers is a bad way to fix a broken legal system, especially when these powers are never used.