A Lethbridge judge has dismissed a Jordan application in a careless driving case during pre-trial proceedings on Thursday.
The judge ruled on the basis the defence itself was responsible for too many of the delays.
The 2016 Jordan decision establishes timelines for trials. It states if a trial doesn’t begin within 18 months of charges being laid through the provincial court, those charges can be thrown out.
The defendant in this case, Neil Martin Skojdt, is charged with careless driving under the Traffic Safety Act stemming from an incident in April 2020 when the SUV he was driving hit 10-year-old Charles McIntyre.
According to police, McIntyre and his family had been using a crosswalk near Aquitania Boulevard and Whoop-Up Drive properly when the vehicle struck him, and were in no way at fault.