Naqvi Challenges UWindsor Law Students In Lecture

Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi says it will be up to future lawyers to keep pushing for justice system reform including needed fixes to the bail system.

Naqvi was the guest speaker as part of the George M. Duck Lecture Series at the University of Windsor on Wednesday.

The key theme — challenging the status quo.

Naqvi stressed to the roughly 60 people in attendance that the bail system is one of the key areas he's focused on to improve the justice system.

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Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi gives his address as part of the George M. Duck Lecture Series at the University of Windsor on February 28, 2018. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

He says over two-thirds, roughly 70% of the 8,000 people in provincial correctional institutions, are simply waiting on bail.

"That's a high number," says Naqvi. "That's a number that's doubled in the last decade so, it really made us ask the tough question, 'Why is that? What kind of individuals are the ones being incarcerated?'"

The bail system is one of three issues Naqvi addressed as key planks of improving the justice system along with speeding up criminal trials and the over representation of indigenous people in the justice system as victims and offenders.