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Ontario plans new courthouse for Halton Region

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 2:39 PM | By John Chunn


Ontario is investing in a new courthouse in Oakville that will help families settle disputes faster, reduce time to trial and better serve the needs of people living and working in Halton Region.

The new 21-courtroom facility will offer a broad range of justice, family, social and victim services, bringing the Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice operations in Milton and Burlington together at one accessible location.
               
"By bringing multiple services and locations together under one roof, we’re making things easier for all court users in Halton Region: from families, victims and the accused, to lawyers and other legal professionals,'' said Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi in a statement on June 21.

"This long-awaited investment will not only mean better justice services, but a stronger, safer community for everyone who lives and works here.”

The building will feature new technology to make the court run more efficiently which will help speed up the criminal justice system in Halton Region. For example, witnesses and other vulnerable people will be able to appear before court from remote locations through video conferencing or from a secure room through closed-circuit television.
                       
Construction on the Halton Region Consolidated Courthouse is expected to begin in late 2019 and be complete about four years later.