A family is looking for justice for their daughter four years after her murder and a petition calling for changes to the court system is circulating on the internet.
Maple Batalia was gunned down in an SFU parking lot four years ago after a late night study session. Two men have been charged in connection with the 19-year-old’s death, one of whom is her ex-boyfriend.
The author of the petition claims that the accused have been using delay tactics such as changing lawyers and constantly rescheduling in order to postpone the case for the past four years.
“There have been times when her parents flew back from a visit to India to attend court, for twenty minutes! Yes, twenty minutes was all it took for the accused to have the case rescheduled. The Batalia family is well aware this is not only justice delayed for them but is repeated across Canada on a daily basis. Postponements are sometimes necessary but so is rapid rescheduling,” the petition reads.
The petition is calling for the following changes to the legal system:
- A restriction on the use of tactics such as changing lawyers to get postponements
- Additional resources to be provided so cases can be scheduled and rescheduled as quickly as possible
- Additional victim support services such as counselling for those affected by violent crime
The author says they will be calling on the provincial government, the federal government, and the B.C. Supreme Court to change the way court cases are handled.
To view or sign the petition, click here.