Changes to the Criminal Justice System

Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General

The government's plan to reduce time-to-trial and improve the bail system aims to enhance public safety by speeding up the resolution of criminal cases and making more supports and supervision available to vulnerable, low-risk individuals who come in contact with the law.

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The plan includes:

  • Appointing 13 more judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, as well as adding 32 assistant Crown attorneys, 16 duty counsel, and 26 court staff to ensure faster justice.
  • Province-wide expansion and enhancement of the province's existing Bail Verification and Supervision Program to help facilitate the successful release on bail of low-risk accused pending trial, by making the program available at a number of weekend court locations and extending eligibility to allow more vulnerable people to be served across the province.
  • Launching an innovative new "bail beds" program to provide safe, supervised housing for low-risk individuals in five Ontario communities.
  • Making duty counsel available at six correctional facilities across the province to allow for more effective bail hearings.
  • Developing a new, culturally-responsive program to provide supports to Indigenous people going through the bail and remand process.