Ontario’s attorney general says COVID-19 has jumpstarted justice system modernization

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Doug Downey

TORONTO — Ontario’s attorney general says that the province’s justice system is being modernized because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Doug Downey spoke this afternoon at the Empire Club of Canada.

In the hour-long speech, the attorney general explained how public health restrictions forced the evolution of Ontario’s courts.

Downey detailed how a shift to online created greater accessibility to court services for the general public.

He pointed to a high-profile criminal case that had approximately 20,000 people watch a judge render his sentencing decision live on streaming platforms.

Downey says his ministry plans to lean into that evolution after the pandemic comes to an end.