The first person in traffic court today, was a bit painfull as he kept trying to re-enforce the fact that his allegation was from July 2001 and was so long ago, etc, etc, etc.
The judge was very patient and explained that in fact 22 months was a long period of time, almost eluded to the fact that he was absoloutly right. Unfortunatly the judge cannot do anything about it. I read a couple of months ago about someone getting their tickets dropped by this. the judge explained that you have to write a letter to the provincial and federal (solicitor general i think). appealing to the "Charter or rights and freedoms" the judge agreed that 22 months was indeed an extended duration of time.
The letter needs to be sent atleast 14 days prior to your hearing date. So if you want to do this course of action, save yourself a step and do the paperwork ahead of time, he is not allowed to pass judgement unless you have put forth a request for him to bring into jurisdiction the charter.
And, by so doing this( I think you are addressing this in Civil court now) you can request the trial be closer to where you might live, as opposed to a having to trip somwhere.
BTW the charter is available and printable on the WWW. I don't think you would even have to address the specifics of the violation, it is simply a question of time.
Hopefully this will buy a new tread for few balding riders!