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All charges under the Criminal Code, Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Youth Criminal Justice Act, and most others that arise from federal statutes start off in the Ontario Court of Justice. Approximately 95% of these charges are also completed in the Ontario Court of Justice.

The Ontario Court of Justice Guide for Accused Persons in Criminal Trials provides information about criminal trials.

General information:

The Ministry of the Attorney General’s website has information on:

Legislation, Court Rules, Practices and Policies:

Specialized Criminal Courts:

The Ontario Court of Justice is primarily com­prised of courts functioning in the traditional manner. However, approximately 60 specialized criminal courts have been developed in the Ontario Court of Justice offering a range of programs and supports to address the specific needs of Indigenous persons and persons with mental health or addiction issues.

The Ontario Court of Justice is committed to providing timely and fair access to justice.  In order to support this objective, effective January 2017, the Court adopted new specialized criminal court guidelines for the establishment and scheduling of these courts.

In order to effectively manage court resources, the establishment of, or changes to, a specialized criminal court requires the approval of the Regional Senior Justice and Chief Justice.