Payments Offered To Victims Of Flawed Pediatric Forensic Pathology
McGuinty Government Recognizes Individuals Significantly Impacted
Ontario is offering recognition payments to individuals whose lives have been significantly impacted as a result of flawed pediatric forensic pathology.
The potentially eligible individuals were involved in the 19 cases examined by the Goudge Inquiry. The Honourable Chester Misener, a retired Judge of the Superior Court of Justice, will look at each case to determine eligibility and the amount each individual will receive.
The framework for recognition payments is based on the advice of a committee led by former Associate Chief Justice Coulter Osborne. This committee was appointed in response to a recommendation of the Goudge Inquiry.
- Individuals may be eligible for a recognition payment of up to $250,000.
- A child of an accused who was removed from the home may be eligible for a payment of up to $25,000.
- A family member directly affected by their relative's involvement with the criminal justice system may receive a payment of up to $12,500.
- Individuals who incurred legal costs in their defence or on behalf of others may also be reimbursed for that amount.
“The flawed work of Dr. Charles Smith has deeply affected the lives of many people in Ontario. Today we are moving forward with payments to recognize the impact of that experience.”