Petition – Reform the Justice System in Ontario

January 26, 2017

To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

 

WHEREAS   In 2015 Ontario had, at 43.8%, the highest rate in Canada of charges withdrawn, stayed or otherwise removed prior to a trial, and

WHEREAS   this situation causes significant costs to be incurred by the legal system, corrections, the individuals facing the charges and the general public whose access to prompt justice is impaired, and

WHEREAS   facing a criminal charge imposes significant material and mental costs on individuals, as well as limiting their liberty and ability to work and live in their community, and

WHEREAS   there is no remedy for compensating innocent Ontarians whose lives and livelihoods have been injured through being wrongfully accused,

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED,

PETITION THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO

AS FOLLOWS:

  • To develop and fund a program to assist Ontarians who have been wrongfully accused; and
  • To study Ontario’s unacceptably high rate of stayed and withdrawn charges, and to enact reforms to rectify the situation

 

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