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Ontario Investing $65 Million to Expand Access to Video Court Hearings

The government is investing $65 million to ensure more courtrooms across the province are equipped with technology to enable people to access hearings through video or audio.

This investment through the Justice Accelerated Strategy will transform how people access court and legal matters by ensuring ensure latest technologies are available in every region.

This new funding will ensure a more accessible, responsive and resilient court system by installing audio-visual technology, purchasing and upgrading computers and other hardware, training,  internet bandwidth upgrades and ongoing maintenance.

Building on the innovative breakthroughs we have pioneered to introduce online access to Ontario’s justice system, these latest technologies will ensure video and audio hearings are in more rural, northern and Indigenous communities.

Since March 2020, the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice have held more than 3.2 million virtual or hybrid hearings, which includes proceedings in which all participants attend remotely and those that combine in person and virtual participants.

Learn More: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1001578/ontario-investing-65-million-to-expand-access-to-video-court-hearings