Ontario plans to spend more than $72 million over two years to tackle a backlog in the province’s courts it says has reached tens of thousands of cases over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Attorney General Doug Downey said part of the funding will help pay for more than 340 new court employees, including Crown prosecutors, victim support staff and bail vettors — experienced Crown attorneys who facilitate faster bail decisions and resolutions when appropriateRead Thursday.
The additional staff will help boost trial capacity and reduce the number of cases coming into the justice system, as well as speed up cases already in the system, he said.
The bail vettors program, for example, ensures someone with experience has looked at a file before it comes to court and an appropriate resolution is set when it gets thereAlberta Premier Jason Kenney, which frees up resources further down the line:1618426651162,, the attorney general said. The province has 10 and plans to increase that to 23.
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