Preliminary inquiry not like an ‘optional car feature’

Before any decisions are made about abolishing – or limiting – the preliminary inquiry in Canada, there should be careful research and consideration of the issues, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb.

“The preliminary inquiry is not like an optional car feature that’s there for convenience. This is a critical part of the judicial process,” she tells

“Instead of proposing some radical change as a reaction to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Jordan, this needs careful thought. Why not look at judicial systems in comparable jurisdictions, especially those where the preliminary inquiry might not still exist, to examine what sort of impact, if any, this has had on delay?”