As you may know, next week, jury selection and trials are scheduled in Brampton, Toronto and Hamilton. In Brampton, the Pearson Convention Centre, and in Toronto, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, are being prepared to support jury selection. In Hamilton, selection will occur on-site at the Hamilton courthouse. Trials at all three locations will be held on-site at each courthouse.
To best ensure the health and safety of all participants (individuals summoned to a jury panel, jurors, the judiciary, parties to the proceeding, and court staff and management, the Recovery Secretariat has developed the attached jury recovery guidance materials. Please note that French translated versions will be available next week and, should you require them, please get in touch at MAGRecoverySecretariat@ontario.ca
In the interim, find attached:
These materials have been reviewed and endorsed by the government’s leading provincial health authorities in the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s office and the Ontario Ministry of Health and their guidance will continue to inform the precautionary measures that are (and that will be) implemented in both on and off-site jury locations.
In line with the health & safety precautionary measures the Recovery Secretariat has in place within our courthouses, our jury locations will also be outfitted with recommended precautionary measures including, but not limited to: hand sanitizer, plexiglass, physical distancing markers, and the provision of PPE, where required.
In addition, all entrants to jury events will be required to wear mandatory face coverings and will be required to complete an entrance screening check.