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Notice Regarding Media Access to Ontario Court of Justice Proceedings during the COVID-19 Pandemic (March 28, 2020)

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The directives on this page have been superseded or replaced by subsequent directives published on the Ontario Court of Justice public website at:
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/covid-19/public-and-media-access-to-court-proceedings/ They are included here for reference only.

The Ontario Court of Justice recognizes the critical importance of the open courts principle, including during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Attendance in courtrooms will be restricted to the judicial official, essential court staff, and those attending for urgent and/or essential intake court functions, with physical distancing measures to be strictly enforced in the courtrooms and throughout the courthouse. Accredited media who wish to make a request to have access to a court proceeding, other than an in-camera proceeding, should contact the local courthouse for more information about obtaining remote access to a proceeding.

Accredited media may also attend at the courthouse to obtain access to court records and related material.