Summary Trial strips military personnel from constitutional right of a fair and impartial trial The Summary Trial as it exists in Canada is frozen in time. It has remained unchanged since its original formulation in England, 328 years ago. However, this system is still used in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and of course, Canada. As indicated in the table below, the Summary Trial System as practiced in Canada and these South Asia countries has been abolished or modernized by our allies. There are approximately 800 summary trials per year; one of every 75 sailors, soldiers and aviators faces a summary trial each year. Last year, the conviction rate was 87%. The summary trial strips the accused of the constitutional right to a fair trial. Consider: • The accused has no right to legal counsel. • The officer who presides over the summary trial has no legal training. • There are no Rules of Evidence. • The accused can be sentenced to 30-day detention. The accused can also be saddled with a criminal record. No other Canadian faces such a one-sided unfair penal justice process. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Current ye@r * Leave this field empty Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.