According to the Canadian Supreme Court, the maximum delay between an OHS charge and the start of trial is 18 months. Delays longer than that deprive defendants of a fair trial. So after a series of missteps by Dept. of Labour investigators resulted in a delay of 32 months, a construction company asked the court to dismiss all charges. But the court refused. The company’s lawyers consented to a big chunk of the delay; and the balance of the delay was due to exceptional circumstances. Subtract these resulting delays from the equation and the trial began just under the 18-month deadline, the court reasoned [R v. Aecon Construction Group Inc., 2017 NSPC 61 (CanLII), Nov. 14, 2017].