Accelerating The Pace Of Justice



    
    McGuinty Government Selects Three Courthouses For Next Phase Of Justice
    On Target Strategy
    

    TORONTO, Oct. 24 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The Ontario Courts of Justice in Newmarket, North York and London have
been chosen to begin the province's intensive, sustained effort to move cases
through the justice system faster.
    This is the next step in the Justice on Target strategy
(http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/jot/), to reduce
unproductive criminal court delays and appearances by making more effective
use of justice resources.
    These courthouses have been designated as "action sites" to improve the
pace of justice. Teams, led by Regional Senior Justice Bruce Durno and Senior
Crown Attorney Ken Anthony, will work to quickly identify, test and implement
new ideas.
    Successful initiatives will then be rolled out in other courthouses
across the province to help achieve the target of a 30 per cent reduction in
the provincial average of days and court appearances needed to complete a
criminal case. Progress towards the targets in each courthouse will be
measured and reported online.

    QUOTE

    "Our expert teams will be working closely with all justice participants
in these three courthouses initially - but the goal is to identify, test and
implement approaches that will make criminal justice faster province-wide,"
said Attorney General Chris Bentley. "We're committed to making the justice
system more effective for everyone - victims, witnesses, and the public who
pay for it."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   With 600,000 charges entering the system every year, saving one
        minute per charge could save seven years of court time.
    -   In 1992, it took an average of 4.3 court appearances to complete a
        criminal case. By last year, this figure had more than doubled to
        9.2 appearances.
    -   In 1992, cases were in the system for an average of 115 days. By last
        year, the number had jumped to 205 days.

    LEARN MORE

    Read more about the Justice on Target strategy
(http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/jot/).
    View criminal court statistics
(http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/jot/stats_map.asp) in your
local community through Justice on Target.
    Read more about the Justice on Target Expert Advisory Panel
(www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/news/2008/20080723-panel-nr.asp).

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    BACKGROUNDER
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                       JUSTICE ON TARGET ACTION SITES
    

    THE STRATEGY

    Justice on Target is the province's strategy to reduce delay in Ontario's
criminal courts.
    Ontario will achieve faster, focused justice by targeting 30 per cent
reductions in the provincial average of days and court appearances needed to
complete a criminal case. The province plans to meet its target within four
years.
    Ontarians can follow the progress of courts in their local community
towards reaching their targets through the Justice on Target
(www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/news/2008/20080723-panel-nr.asp)
website, which for the first time makes criminal case statistics dating back
to 2000 publicly available.
    Senior Regional Justice Bruce Durno
(http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/jot/explanations.asp) and
Senior Crown Attorney Kenneth Anthony
(http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/jot/explanations.asp) lead
the Justice on Target Strategy.

    ACTION SITES

    Three Ontario courthouses have been chosen to begin Ontario's intensive,
sustained effort to reduce unproductive criminal court delays and appearances
by making more effective use of justice system resources.
    Ontario Courts of Justice in Newmarket, North York and London, have been
designated as the first "action sites" for moving cases through Ontario's
justice system faster.
    In the coming days, multi-disciplinary teams led by Justice Bruce Durno
and Ken Anthony will move into each of these courthouses to quickly identify,
test and implement new ideas that will achieve faster justice.
    The teams will directly engage local Judges, Justices of the Peace, Crown
Attorneys, Defence Counsel, Police, corrections and court staff, Legal Aid
Ontario and other local justice sector participants in order to identify and
diagnose the local causes of delay and unproductive appearances.
    In addition, the teams will examine the local criminal justice systems
and processes in an effort to find opportunities for simplifying criminal
court processes, improving courthouse administration and scheduling, and
enhancing inter-agency collaboration and culture.
    In collaboration with local justice sector participants, the teams will
rapidly develop and implement solutions aimed at overcoming the key barriers
to fast and effective completion of criminal cases. Progress in each
courthouse will be measured and reported online.
    All solutions will be directed toward improving the speed and
effectiveness of the criminal justice system in a manner that does not
compromise the overall quality and fairness of the criminal process.
    The efforts of the "action sites" will be used to enable other
courthouses to learn from their experiences and to begin working quickly
toward similar achievements.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Sheamus Murphy, Ministry of the Attorney
General, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1785; Brendan Crawley, Ministry of the
Attorney General, Communications Branch, (416) 326-2210

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