Daphne Bramham: Canadian courts need to pick up the pace of justice

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/ Vancouver SunCanadian courts are among the very few institutions still working what used to be called ‘bankers’ hours’.For those too young to remember, the online Urban Dictionary helpfully defines ‘bankers’ hours’ as: “Working or being open for the shortest and most inconvenient amount of time (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Also includes a long lunch break and every possible holiday off.”Welcome to court, where there have been few concessions to modernity — and I don’t just mean the robes, the ‘Your Lordships’, ‘Your Ladyships’ and ‘My Learned Friends’.The daily pace is leisurely. It starts at 10, although not always promptly. There’s a mid-morning break for 15 minutes. Court adjourns at 12:30 (although sometimes earlier) to return again at 2 p.m. — a …