Fact Sheet: Court Security Upload
Ontario will remove court security and prisoner transportation costs from municipal budgets by 2018, phasing in the upload of these costs starting in 2012. The upload will save municipalities as much as $125 million a year when fully implemented.
The announcement is part of the Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review consensus report, Facing the Future Together, released jointly today by the Ontario government, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the City of Toronto.
The Partners have agreed:
- To work together to implement a phased-in upload which will make court security and offender transportation costs of up to $125 million a year a provincial responsibility by 2018.
- To phase in the upload equally over seven years.
- To work together to gather information on current court security costs.
- To work with judges, police and other justice sector partners to develop consistent province-wide standards to make sure all Ontario courts are safe and secure.
- Municipalities have been responsible for costs related to court security since 1990. Given the increasing emphasis on security, these costs have escalated.
- Across Ontario, over 100 municipal governments are paying court security costs.
- Some municipalities with a regional courthouse within their boundaries also shoulder costs for cases involving residents in surrounding municipalities.
- Provincial courts are administered by the Ministry of the Attorney General. Prisoner transportation is administered by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
- The Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services will work with municipalities to conduct consultations on new standards for those affected by these changes including judges and police services.
A list of communities with provincial courts ( 59K) is attached.
Read the full report ( 1.6 Mb).