When we get charged with speeding or a traffic offence we usually figure it’s not worth it to attend court to stand in line to set a trial date and then have to take a day off work to attend the trial, so we just grit our teeth and pay it. Ontario wants to somehow start having hearings online with “unbiased decision makers” who are not judicial officers. What do you think? A good idea or not? (Here is the MAG consultation paper: http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/POA%20ConsultationPaper%20Final_ENG.pdf
- Youth Justice and the New Toronto Courthouse – This is an interesting view of the workings of our youth court system.
- A Tesla full of lawyers. Very predictable.
- CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK – It’s no wonder you don’t know what the present and long-term results of being in contact with the police will be. The rules have been decided but Ontario has not made them into law yet.
- MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES – Parliament needs to remove them all from the criminal code. “There were 29 offences carrying a mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment as of 2015, according to the Department of Justice, and several more that carry mandatory minimum punishments that do not include prison time.”
- FUTURE TORONTO ONTARIO COURT OF JUSTICE – This is bound to be controversial in many ways. For one, all of the “borough” courts (North York, Etobicoke, Scarborough, College Park, Old City Hall and 311 Jarvis) will be consolidated into one downtown central location for the entire city of Toronto. (Except for Etobicoke which will continue to be used but only for in custody bail hearings.) It will be across the street from the Superior Court of Justice courthouse and the Ontario Court of Appeal. One location for everything. Parking?