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.