Justice On Target Action Sites
Justice on Target is the province's strategy to reduce delay in Ontario's criminal courts.
Ontario will achieve faster, focused justice by targeting 30 per cent reductions in the provincial average of days and court appearances needed to complete a criminal case. The province plans to meet its target within four years.
Ontarians can follow the progress of courts in their local community towards reaching their targets through the Justice on Target website, which for the first time makes criminal case statistics dating back to 2000 publicly available.
Three Ontario courthouses have been chosen to begin Ontario's intensive, sustained effort to reduce unproductive criminal court delays and appearances by making more effective use of justice system resources.
Ontario Courts of Justice in Newmarket, North York and London, have been designated as the first "action sites" for moving cases through Ontario's justice system faster.
In the coming days, multi-disciplinary teams led by Justice Bruce Durno and Ken Anthony will move into each of these courthouses to quickly identify, test and implement new ideas that will achieve faster justice.
The teams will directly engage local Judges, Justices of the Peace, Crown Attorneys, Defence Counsel, Police, corrections and court staff, Legal Aid Ontario and other local justice sector participants in order to identify and diagnose the local causes of delay and unproductive appearances.
In addition, the teams will examine the local criminal justice systems and processes in an effort to find opportunities for simplifying criminal court processes, improving courthouse administration and scheduling, and enhancing inter-agency collaboration and culture.
In collaboration with local justice sector participants, the teams will rapidly develop and implement solutions aimed at overcoming the key barriers to fast and effective completion of criminal cases. Progress in each courthouse will be measured and reported online.
All solutions will be directed toward improving the speed and effectiveness of the criminal justice system in a manner that does not compromise the overall quality and fairness of the criminal process.
The efforts of the "action sites" will be used to enable other courthouses to learn from their experiences and to begin working quickly toward similar achievements.