Bacon decision shakes faith

A recent court decision to stay charges against Jamie Bacon, could impact the public's faith in the judicial system according to B.C. Premier John Horgan.

"We're going to work as aggressively as we can to make sure the public has confidence in our judicial system," Horgan said Monday. "This is a setback for all of us."

In a ruling that sent shockwaves around the province Friday, the B.C. Supreme Court stayed charges against Jamie Bacon in connection to the "Surrey Six" murders.

The reasons for Friday’s stay are sealed by the court, but an abbreviated ruling released by the judge says Bacon's lawyers had obtained information they were not allowed to use in his defence and could compromise his right to a fair trial.

"In part, this arose from the manner in which the police handled aspects of privileged and confidential information," the ruling said.

Lawyers, politicians and the victims' families alike say they're surprised by the decision.

Bacon remains in custody as he awaits trial on a different charge. His trial is set to begin April 3.

B.C.'s Attorney General David Eby says prosecutors are reviewing the Supreme Court decision to stay the charges to see if an appeal is possible.

In statement issued several hours after the ruling, Eby said he was "shocked" by the decision.

Bacon's lawyer indicated today he will be applying for Bacon to be released on bail for the outstanding charge.

-With files from CTV Vancouver

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