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Speeding Up Major Criminal Cases

McGuinty Government Reforming Criminal Justice for Ontarians

Ministry of the Attorney General

Ontario has introduced reforms to the criminal justice system that will move major criminal cases through the justice system faster and more effectively.

In response to a report written by the Hon. Patrick LeSage and Professor Michael Code, released today, Ontario will speed up major criminal cases by:

  • Immediately introducing major case crowns into police stations, an innovative model of police-prosecution collaboration that focuses on the pre-charge advisory stage of large and complex cases, starting in four municipalities - Toronto, Peel Region, Ottawa, and Windsor.
  • Working with the federal Minister of Justice on criminal law changes aimed at improving large and complex criminal case procedures.
  • Establishing mandatory peer review of all large and complex criminal prosecutions by the Ministry's Major Case Advisory Committee in the early stages of large and complex prosecutions.

By targeting a 30 percent reduction in the average number of court appearances and days to complete a criminal case, Ontario's Justice on Target strategy will further strengthen the Crown's ability to focus on large and complex cases.

Quick Facts

  • The Attorney General appointed Mr. LeSage and Professor Code to conduct a review of large and complex criminal case procedures on February 25, 2008. Their report contains 41 recommendations, focusing on five major themes.

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“I would like to thank Mr. LeSage and Professor Code for their thorough report. Their insightful recommendations call on all justice system participants to join us in reforming our approach to large and complex criminal cases. Getting to the strongest possible criminal justice system cannot be achieved by any one of us - but it can be achieved by all of us. We are committed to criminal justice reform. I hope everyone will consider the report so we can move forward on this together.”

Chris Bentley

Attorney General

“Every part of the justice system - judiciary, counsel, police, and government - have a role to play in moving major cases through the system more effectively. I want to thank everyone with whom we consulted for their helpful input and advice.”

Hon. Patrick LeSage

“Every part of the justice system - judiciary, counsel, police, and government - have a role to play in moving major cases through the system more effectively. I want to thank everyone with whom we consulted for their helpful input and advice.”

Professor Michael Code

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