VANCOUVER -- Mongolian officials are in British Columbia to learn about the Canadian criminal justice system, parts of which they aim to adopt in their own country.
Erdenebat Ganbat, deputy prosecutor general of Mongolia, said he is among 22 delegates meeting with police, Crown lawyers, judges and public-education officials during a visit to B.C. this week.
"The Canadian legal system is one of the (most) effective criminal justice systems in the world, and that's why our team is interested to research the whole Canadian criminal justice system," he said.
Ganbat said the group has also reviewed legal systems in Korea, Germany and several U.S. states, including Texas, but it will reform Mongolian law based on the adversarial aspects of the Canadian system.
He said he and two Mongolian prosecutors were in Vancouver and Kelowna in 2012 to research the Canadian system, and new laws could be drafted in Mongolia later this year.
Ganbat said while there are long wait times for Canadian trials, he hopes efficiencies in the Canadian system can be adopted to speed up the process for Mongolia's much-smaller population.
The group, which includes Mongolian judges, police, a Canadian embassy official and a politician, will meet in Ottawa next week with federal officials, including Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin.