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Ontario To Make Daily Court Info Available Online

Web posted on April 17, 2014

A new online service is making it easier for people to find out where and when they need to go to court. The online daily court lists will be updated each day around 4:30 p.m. with case information for the next 24 hours.

"I welcome the launch of this new online service, which I anticipate will be an invaluable tool for the many people who use our courts, from lawyers and litigants to members of the media and the broader public. It is a simple, but significant step in improving access to justice in this province." Chief Justice Heather Smith, Superior Court of Justice.

This online version of the daily court lists allows court users to search for basic information about next-day court appearances, including the case number, the names of the parties involved and the time, location and reason for that appearance.

Cases subject to statutory, common law or court-ordered public access restrictions will not appear on the online court lists. This includes cases about adoptions, child protection cases and criminal cases involving youth. Cases subject to a publication ban will list only the initials of the parties involved, not their full names.

"I am very gratified by the Ministry of the Attorney General's support in establishing this new service, which I encourage court users to explore at their next opportunity. I look forward to hearing your feedback and welcome your suggestions for future enhancements." Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo, Ontario Court of Justice.

The website gives court users a faster, more convenient way to access daily court list information, which until now could only be obtained by calling or visiting the courthouse in person. For more detailed information about any case, users should contact the courthouse where the matter is being heard.

"Modernizing court processes is a priority for our government, and making daily court lists available online is truly a step in the right direction. I would like to thank Chief Justice Smith and Chief Justice Bonkalo for their leadership on this initiative. By working together with the courts and our justice sector participants, we can and will achieve our vision of a modern, responsive and sustainable justice system." Madeleine Meilleur, Attorney General.

Easier access to court information supports the Ontario government's commitment to strengthening the justice system.