New jury trials postponed in Toronto and Brampton due to increase in COVID-19 cases

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TORONTO – The start of new jury trials has been postponed in several Ontario cities due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. The Superior Court of Justice has said jury selection and new jury trials are due to resume in Toronto and Brampton, Ont., Next week, but will now be postponed to at least November 30 due to deterioration of the public health situation.

He says jury selection and new jury trials are also on hold in Milton, Ont., And Orangeville, Ont., As jury selection for those locations took place at the Pearson Convention Center in Brampton.

The court says jury trials already in progress may continue, subject to the trial judge’s decision.

Toronto and Brampton are currently experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases, and local public health officials have announced additional measures to curb the spread of the virus.

Ottawa, which recently saw improvements in the number of COVID-19 cases, was allowed to resume jury selection and jury hearings this week.

The jury selection brings together large groups of potential jurors, raising concerns about the ability to maintain appropriate physical distance and other health measures.

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted the Superior Court to suspend or adjourn all criminal and civil cases for months earlier this year, with courthouses gradually reopening over the summer.

Many subjects took place remotely by telephone and videoconference.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 11, 2020.

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