McGuinty Government Hires More Prosecutors

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McGuinty Government Hires More Prosecutors

Ministry of the Attorney General

Over 150 Crown Attorneys Added Since 2003 BRAMPTON, ON, Dec. 6 - The McGuinty government is making our communities safer by hiring 40 new full-time Crown attorneys and 15 new full-time support staff across the province, Attorney General Chris Bentley announced today at the former Peel County Courthouse. "Our Crown attorneys make dozens of decisions each day in pursuit of justice," said Bentley. "These additional people will make our criminal justice system more effective, adding to our capacity to prosecute more than half a million charges every year." Nine of the 40 additional Crown attorneys will be assigned to Brampton in response to the Peel Region's growing population, bringing their total number of Crowns to 55. The addition of these new resources will help ensure Ontario's court system continues to operate smoothly in response to more charges, more complex cases and demographic shifts. The new prosecutors are expected to be in place early in the New Year. "Provincial funding has already put more police officers on the street," said Peel Region Police Chief Mike Metcalf. "Our officers work hard each day to enforce laws and keep our community safe. The addition of more prosecutors will help ensure that our work is carried through the justice system efficiently." Since 2003, the McGuinty government has added more than 150 new Crown attorneys, including: - Seventy-two guns and gangs taskforce Crown attorneys - Six new anti-gun smuggling Crowns who will work province-wide - Eight new high-risk offender Crowns who will work province-wide. Disponible en français www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca Contact Info Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- KEEPING ONTARIO'S JUSTICE SYSTEM OPERATING EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY The McGuinty government is committed to safe and strong communities. That means being tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime, while helping to ensure Ontario's justice system has the capacity to meet today's evolving needs. The government is responding with an innovative and multi-faceted approach, which includes hiring 40 new full-time Crown attorneys and 15 new full-time support staff to be deployed across the province. Specialized Crowns ------------------ Since 2003, the McGuinty government has added more than 150 Crown prosecutors to the system, including specialized Crowns with expertise in certain areas of criminal law. Specialized Crowns include: - GTA Guns and Gangs Task Force - The McGuinty government has expanded the task force three times since October 2005 for a total of 72 specialized guns and gangs Crown prosecutors and their support staff. The task force is made up of police officers, Crown prosecutors and staff from the Victim/Witness Assistance Program who work together from the first day of an investigation. - Anti-Gun Smuggling Crowns - Six new anti-gun smuggling Crowns announced by the Premier on July 27, 2007 will focus on tracking the movement of restricted or prohibited firearms into and across Ontario. These specialized Crowns will be available province-wide to work with police for better coordination and collaboration in investigating and prosecuting gun runners, smugglers and thieves. - High Risk Offender Crowns - Eight new Crowns announced by the Premier on August 16, 2007 will work in every region of the province with victim service workers, case presentation specialists and support staff to advise police during investigations and streamline the complex high-risk offender designation process. This will cut down on the time it takes to start a dangerous or long-term offender hearing. Added Court Resources --------------------- The government is doing all it can to help ensure Ontario's court system has the capacity to handle the increasing volume and complexity of cases. - More judges and more justices of the peace - Since 2003 the McGuinty government has: - appointed 69 judges - appointed 113 justices of the peace - designated 29 per-diem retired justices of the peace to hear cases in municipal Provincial Offences Act courts. - Modern, secure and accessible courts - The McGuinty government has taken a new and innovative approach by: - building major crime courtrooms at 361 University Avenue and 2201 Finch Avenue West in Toronto as part of a $51 million anti-guns and gangs strategy - committing more than $1 billion over five years to build new courthouses and improve existing infrastructure. Disponible en français www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca 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 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 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