Apparently fed up with judges who sit on decisions for ever and ever, the government in Guyana is bringing in legislation, the Judicial Decisions Bill, that will place a 120 day absolute limit on how long after the conclusion of a civil trial a judge may take to release the decision. The statute requires a judge to give a decision as expeditiously as possible after the end of a trial, and persistent failure to abide by the ultimate limit may result in the judge’s removal from office.
Are there any such legislative requirements in Canada? I couldn’t find any with a quick and simple search. I would imagine that judicial writer’s block is not one of the principal causes of the law’s delay in this country, except in isolated cases.
[hat tip to Yemisi Dina, Associate Librarian, Osgoode Hall Law School / via Caribbean Net News]