Its says in this article.
I think he says it's a joke because it's 5 months away and not right away.
It has been thus for years. Given the crowding in the courts and scarce resources, this is standard. Taxpayers do not have additional taxes high on their list of priorities for government spending.
Also the police investigation will continue and the charges may be upgraded.
The recent Cowper Report (August 27, 2012 - http://www.scribd.co...er-Final-Report
) on delays and backlogs in the justice system found that that 40 per cent of the charges in the system are "administration of justice" offences such as breaches of probation, parole or bail because too many homeless addicts and mentally ill persons are caught up in the criminal net and this amounts to expensive social work by the police and courts.
When the Closer to Home program of moving the mentally ill into the community without proper resources and an increasing lack of treatment options for the addicted and mentally ill - again taxpayers do not want to pay... the courts become the default treatment option. As a result increasing backlogs and delays.
Edited by Wetcoaster, 08 December 2012 - 12:28 PM.