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Direction for Scheduling Special Bail Hearing Courts

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(Matters of such length that they cannot be accommodated in regularly scheduled bail courts)

The following practice is to be implemented to ensure consistent practices in all Ontario Court of Justice locations.

  1. The attached form (Word, PDF) is to be made available to counsel to complete.
  1. Counsel (defence and crown) consult to determine a reasonable assessment of the time required, interpreter or language needs, disability-related accommodation needs and any other special considerations for the hearing.
  1. If counsel cannot agree on the required time, they should attend before the justice of the peace in bail court for determination.
  1. Counsel will then take the completed signed form to the trial coordinator.
  1. Trial coordinator ascertains the availability of a courtroom, courtroom staff and interpreters (if required), and any requested disability-related accommodations.
  1. Trial coordinator telephones or e-mails the scheduler in the Office of the Regional Senior Justice of the Peace to confirm availability of a justice of the peace for the dates identified.
  1. The scheduler confirms availability of a justice of the peace for the hearing and informs the trial coordinator.
  1. Trial coordinator confirms date on the form and returns to counsel.
  1. Counsel returns to court with the form to confirm arranged date to be placed on the record.
  1. Trial coordinator confirms arrangements by email (and advises of any subsequent changes) to counsel, scheduler, accessibility coordinator, other relevant CSD staff and management.

April 2016