Expert Panel To Advise Justice On Target Strategy



    McGuinty Government Targeting Criminal Court Delay

    TORONTO, July 23 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is moving forward with its Justice on Target strategy by asking
some of the best minds in the field of criminal justice to provide advice on
how to move cases through the justice system faster.
    The Justice on Target strategy, launched June 3, 2008, sets targets to
reduce the provincial average of days and court appearances needed to complete
a criminal charge by 30 per cent over the next four years.

    
    Members of the Expert Advisory Panel
(www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/news/2008/20080723-panel-bg.asp)
will provide advice in their field of expertise to help the Justice on Target
strategy leaders and their team meet the targets. The panel is made up of:
    -   The Honourable Peter D. Griffiths, Associate Chief Justice of the
        Ontario Court of Justice
    -   Chief Ian Davidson, Greater Sudbury Police Service
    -   Joseph Di Luca, Criminal Defense Lawyer
    -   Professor Anthony N. Doob, Centre of Criminology, University of
        Toronto
    -   George Thomson, Senior Director, National Judicial Institute
    -   Bob Ward, CEO of Legal Aid Ontario
    -   Lynne Wagner, Director of Court Operations for Central East Region
    -   Mike Conry, Director, Management and Operational Support,
        Correctional Services

    QUOTE

    "We're getting the best advice from all justice partners to target
criminal court delays," said Attorney General Chris Bentley. "We have
assembled a team of authorities in several areas of criminal justice and I am
looking forward to hearing their perspectives as we move toward faster,
focused justice."

    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 strategy
    (http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/jot/) and see the
    impact on courthouses in your local community.

    View criminal court statistics,
    (http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/jot/stats_map.asp)
    which have been made available to the public for the first time through
    Justice on Target.

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                   JUSTICE ON TARGET EXPERT ADVISORY PANEL
    

    Justice on Target is the province's strategy to reduce delay in Ontario's
criminal courts. It was launched on June 3, 2008.
    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 charge. The province plans to meet its target in four
years.
    The government has named a group of authorities in the criminal justice
system to an Expert Advisory Panel to provide advice to the Justice on Target
strategy partners including the Implementation Team.

    THE PANEL

    The Honourable Peter D. Griffiths

    Associate Chief Justice Peter D. Griffiths received his degree in law
from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1974 and was called to the Bar in 1976. After
three years in private practice he joined the Crown Attorney's Office in
Toronto in 1979, was appointed Crown Attorney in 1989 and was appointed
Regional Director of Crown Operations for the East Region of Ontario in 1993.
In 1998 he was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice, and presided
primarily in Brockville and Ottawa. In 2005, His Honour was appointed Regional
Senior Justice of the East Region, and in 2007 His Honour was appointed
Associate Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice.
    In addition to being a member of the Chief Justice's Executive Committee,
Associate Chief Justice Griffiths chairs the Education Secretariat overseeing
all judicial education for the Ontario Court of Justice.

    Ian Davidson

    Ian Davidson has been the Chief of Police for the City of Greater Sudbury
for six years as part of a 30-year career. He is a graduate of Carleton
University, the Ontario and Canadian Police College, the FBI National Academy
and the Rotman School of Management Leadership Program. Chief Davidson serves
on the Criminal Intelligence Ontario Governing Body and is Vice Chair of the
Canadian Police College Advisory Board. He has written articles on a number of
policing issues.
    Chief Davidson recently served on the Premier's Panel on Post Secondary
Education and was a member of the Military Police Review Group led by former
Chief Justice Brian Dickson, convened after the Somalia Inquiry.

    Joseph Di Luca

    Joseph Di Luca received his LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1996,
was called to the Bar in 1998 and received his LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law
School in 2003. He is a partner at Di Luca Copeland Davies LLP. He practices
criminal law at both the trial and appellate levels and has appeared before
the Supreme Court of Canada, The Walkerton Inquiry, The Goudge Inquiry, and
Standing Committees of the Senate and Parliament. Di Luca is also an adjunct
professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School where he co-instructs the Criminal
Law Intensive Programme and Criminal Law Ethics.
    Di Luca is currently a Vice President of the Criminal Lawyers'
Association and a Director of the Canadian Italian Advocates' Organization.

    Anthony N. Doob

    Anthony N. Doob is a professor at the Centre of Criminology, University
of Toronto. He has been teaching at the University of Toronto since 1968 and
has been associated with the Centre of Criminology since 1971. He served as
Director of the Centre of Criminology from 1979 to 1989 and was one of the
members of the Canadian Sentencing Commission from 1984 until 1987. He is an
author of approximately 200 articles, books and reports covering a wide range
of topics including the processing of cases in the criminal courts.

    George Thomson

    As both a Senior Director and former Executive Director at the National
Judicial Institute, George Thomson has played a leadership role in
international justice reform projects with the Supreme Court of the
Philippines and the Philippines Judicial Academy, the Chinese Supreme Peoples
Court, the Russian Judicial Academy and the Ukraine Judicial Academy. Thomson
is also a former Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of
Canada, a former Deputy Attorney General of Ontario, a former Special Advisor
to the federal Minister of Justice and a former member of the judiciary.

    Bob Ward

    Bob Ward is currently CEO of Legal Aid Ontario (LAO). He has served in a
number of capacities in his 34-year public sector career. Prior to his
appointment at LAO in 2006, he was Secretary General, Canadian Human Rights
Commission. Ward has worked extensively in multi-stakeholder environments
spanning human rights and regional and aboriginal economic development. He has
also worked in federal government central agencies including the Privy Council
Office, the Public Service Commission and Treasury Board. Ward has expertise
in the fields of corporate development, strategic policy innovation and
communications. Ward has a B.A. (Political Science and History) from York
University and a M.B.A from the University of Ottawa.

    Lynne Wagner

    Lynne Wagner is currently the Director of Court Operations for Central
East Region after working in the court system for over 25 years as a Manager
of Court Operations and formerly a Sheriff and Local Registrar. Wagner has
been the local manager in courthouses in Fort Frances, Bracebridge, Barrie,
Brampton, Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph. She holds a Master of Arts degree
in Judicial Administration from Brock University and an Honours undergraduate
degree from Guelph University in Political Science and History.

    Mike Conry

    Mike Conry is currently the Corporate Director of the Management and
Operational Support Branch of the Ministry of Community Safety and
Correctional Services. He has over 30 years experience in the field of
Corrections. He began his career in 1977 as a Correctional Officer and
progressed through the ranks to Superintendent of the Metro West Detention
Centre. Conry has worked at numerous large institutions. He spent three years
as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister of Correctional Services. He
was Director of Institutional Services of Central Region with oversight of
seven institutions in the GTA.

    THE IMPLEMENTATION TEAM

    Senior Regional Justice Bruce Durno
(http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/jot/explanations.asp) is
leading the Justice on Target strategy, and Senior Crown Attorney Kenneth
Anthony
(http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/jot/explanations.asp) is the
ministry's senior lead.

    
    In addition to receiving advice from the Expert Advisory Panel, Mr.
Justice Durno and Mr. Anthony will:
    -   Work with an implementation team on the ground in local courthouses
    -   Engage the Judiciary, the Criminal Defence bar, Crown prosecutors,
        the police and other justice system partners
    -   Develop and implement new initiatives to help meet the target
    -   Report to a Results Table chaired by Attorney General Chris Bentley.
    

    Mr. Justice Durno, Mr. Anthony and the Implementation Team are working
with others in Ontario's justice system to get advice and identify further
initiatives to help meet the province's target. The team will then put these
initiatives into action, measure progress and adjust course as necessary.
    They will also call on members of the Expert Advisory Panel throughout
the process.

    TRANSPARENCY

    Ontarians can follow the progress of courts in their local community
towards reaching the targets through a transparent new Justice on Target
website, which for the first time makes criminal case statistics dating back
to 2000 (http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/jot/stats_map.asp)
publicly available.

    
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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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