Other Reasons

Finally, the court will evaluate any other reasons which may have contributed to the long period of delay between the date the offence was committed and the time you have been brought to trial. Any factor which does not fit neatly into any of the categories described above will be allocated into the 'other reasons' category. One such factor which cannot be categorized elsewhere is delay due to actions of trial judges. An extreme example of this suggested in Morin is that of R. v. Rahey. In this case the trial court judge caused a substantial amount of delay by adjourning nineteen times over the course of 11 months. The Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada stated that “Such delay is not institutional in the strict sense. Nevertheless, such delay cannot be relied upon by the Crown to justify the period under consideration”.