Long justice delays suit those in charge

Only family members can wait for justice to finally be done, and then they are often seen as part of the problem.

Editor: Re: Frank Bucholtz’s column “RCMP under the microscope,” (The Times, April 3), about long delays in full inquest.

“Expediency: We hardly knew ye…”

It has become clear that fatal events involving police take the long road to justice. Very long. We, the people, are supposed to be able to see justice done, but instead we get sensational coverage, and then find out details months or years later, when the event is finally before the courts.

By that point, the only truly interested citizenry is (usually) family members of the deceased or close friends, again making justice seem petty. By then, public perception of media coverage can allude to the deceased’s family as part and parcel of the problem.

The lengthy wait for accountability, especially involving police, is one of the main reasons there is so little trust in today’s justice system. The swift administration of justice is not a priority for administrators in most sectors of society, who also pin their hopes for manipulation of the public interest or complete vindication on the lengthiest possible time to muddy the waters of concern over breaches of trust.

Eli Bryan Nelson,

Langley City

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