Trial timelines

The Supreme Court of Canada’s 2016 R. v. Jordan decision – often called the ‘Jordan decision’ – establishes timelines that trials must be heard by:

  • 18 months after charges are laid – for a province’s main entry point into the court system (example: Provincial Court of Alberta)
  • 30 months after charges are laid – for a province’s superior court (example: Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta)

Filed applications

Justice and Solicitor General started tracking defence applications to dismiss cases based on Jordan timelines in October, 2016.

The status of filed applications are updated every 6 months:

  • March 31
  • September 30

Number of filed applications

391 Jordan applications have been filed in Alberta courts between October 25, 2016 and March 31, 2022:

  • 20 are pending
  • 115 were dismissed by the court
  • 40 were granted (3 are being appealed by the Crown)
  • 59 were abandoned by the defence
  • 65 were proactively stayed by the Crown on the basis that they would not survive the Jordan application
  • 92 were resolved unrelated to Jordan


Triage Practice Protocol – for Crown prosecutors

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