CASE LAW - R v Pearson

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis is another case of a Charter argument over delay in proceeding to trial. The speeding ticket dispute took 17 1/2 months from offence to trial date and Mr. Pearson testified that this was too long, causing him serious prejudice. Rather than letting the judge infer the prejudice from the time period alone, Mr. Pearson testified on his own behalf, but failed to establish that there was in fact prejudice caused by the delay. The matter was set over to another date for trial on the merits of the speeding case.