Media Notice - Commissioner Cavoukian to Issue Pivotal Order - Holding Monday
Press Conference on Excessive Juror Vetting

TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner, Dr. Ann Cavoukian, is issuing an Order and releasing a series of sweeping recommendations Monday following her four-month investigation into background checks conducted on prospective jurors for Crown attorneys.

The methodology for her comprehensive investigation included, in part:

    
    -   On-site interviews with court staff, Crown Attorneys, police
        officials and defence counsel in four different parts of Ontario;
    -   A detailed, 20-page province-wide survey of all 55 Crown attorney
        offices;
    -   Seeking and receiving sworn affidavits from senior Crown attorneys;
    -   Arranging for an independent review, with the assistance of Auditor-
        General Jim McCarter, to verify the document capture process; and
    -   Receiving legal submissions from the Ministry of the Attorney
        General, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the
        Criminal Lawyer's Association, the University of Toronto's David
        Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights and the Canadian Civil
        Liberties Association.
    

NEWS CONFERENCE

Complete details on the extent of the investigation and what was found, as well as her Order, her 22 recommendations and a news release, are being released at 1:15 p.m. Monday (October 5) on the Commissioner's website, www.ipc.on.ca; and at the Queen's Park Press Gallery in Toronto, where the Commissioner is holding a news conference at 1:30 p.m.

The news release is also being distributed across Ontario by Canada News Wire at 1:15 p.m. Monday. Any member of the media who would like to receive the news release by e-mail at approximately that time can send an e-mail to jason.papadimos@ipc.on.ca to be added to our direct e-mail distribution list.

SOURCE Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario

For further information: For further information: Media contact: Bob Spence, Communications Co-ordinator, Direct line: (416) 326-3939, Cell: (416) 873-9746, Toll-free: (800) 387-0073, bob.spence@ipc.on.ca


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