R. v. Minassian – Public Notice UPDATE: PUBLIC OBSERVATION LOCATION CHANGED TO 315 FRONT STREET WEST, TORONTO

The trial of Alek Minassian on 10 counts of murder and 16 counts of attempted murder will proceed in the Superior Court commenced Tuesday November 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Due to restrictions required by the COVID-19 pandemic, this trial is being conducted entirely on a Zoom platform. The main Zoom room will be reserved for the participants in the trial, such as the accused, the lawyers, witnesses.

Members of the public may watch the proceedings at space reserved for this purpose at 315 Front St. West, Ground Floor, Elm Room B in Toronto, Ontario.

Please note this is a change of location. Public observation is no longer available at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Participants attending to observe the trial must be masked and must observe social distancing requirements. They will also be subject to a screening questionnaire with respect to COVID.

In accordance with Section 136 of the Courts of Justice Act, it is an offence for any member of the public (including members of the press) to photograph, copy, record, publish, broadcast or disseminate any court hearing or any portion of it, including a hearing that is conducted over videoconference or teleconference without leave of the Court. Any person who breaches these provisions is liable on conviction to a fine of up to $25,000 or imprisonment of up to six months, or both.

Furthermore, members of the public and all other persons in the courtroom, whether in person or by Zoom, must comply with the terms of the Protocol on the Use of Electronic Devices in the Courtroom, which is available on the Superior Court of Justice website.