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Criminal Lawyers Association Update March 26

26 Mar 2020 10:44 AM | York Region Law Association (Administrator)

The court is rapidly moving to a fully remote process.  Most participants including judges and counsel will appear remotely and only the persons anticipated in court being will be a clerk and a court reporter.  The virtual court structure is being implemented incredibly rapidly based on the current circumstances, and issues that arise are being addressed quickly.  Courts worked very efficiently yesterday as new protocols are being followed. 

With respect to remote appearances of accused persons from Central East Corrections, there is a movement to have most appearances by audio, and limit video appearances to contested bail hearings and guilty pleas.  Efforts are being made to make a more phone lines available to handle the increase in audio appearances with Central East Corrections and some video suites at Central East Corrections will be used for audio appearances. 

Patience is requested from all as charges are being implemented rapidly and issues are anticipated.   Staff are being appropriately trained to adjust to the new protocols. 

Video matters are to be booked 24 hrs in advance through the office of the trial coordinator and their office remains the central point of contact.  Counsel and others are asked not to contact Central East Corrections for any scheduling or desired changes as all such matters must go through the trial coordinator. 

Please log in to the Members Only section to view the call in contact information for audio appearances for all new arrests and in custody matters. If you do not remember your password it is very easy to reset it.

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