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Free at last? Not so fast

Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

Date: 2010

A man who had been in jail awaiting trial for 5½ months had his trial date moved up eight days – from June 12 to June 4. On the day of the trial, the charges against him were dismissed. Expecting to walk out of the courthouse a free man, as he was entitled to do, he was shocked to be transported back to jail, where he was told he would have to serve another eight days.

The man immediately called the Ombudsman’s Office, and our staff contacted the clerk of records at the jail. The clerk confirmed that the man’s court papers had not been updated to reflect the earlier trial date and he was released, to his great relief.

Free at last? Not so fast