Cheryl Webster's research is contributing to the debate on court delays and the Jordan decision

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In a piece on court delays and the implications of R. v. Jordan, the Canadian Lawyer explains that "one of the only academic studies into preliminary hearings was conducted in 2005 by Cheryl Webster, a criminology professor at the University of Ottawa." Defending the importance of preliminary hearings, Webster states: "While there are clearly costs to this criminal procedure [in terms of court time and appearances], these costs appeared to be small as preliminary inquiries did not seem to account for a large portion of the courts’ business”. But she also expresses concerns for a generalized "culture of adjournment" and suggests that the current restrictive approach to bail creates a drain on court resources.