Smarter and Stronger Justice Act passes 3rd reading - delivers more than 20 legislative and regulatory updates to Ontario's justice system

Published on July 07, 2020

July 7, 2020, the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act passed third reading in the legislature.

Attorney General Doug Downey introduced this bill, which delivers more than 20 legislative and regulatory updates to Ontario’s justice system, in order to:

  • simplify and update Ontario’s complex and antiquated justice system
  • stand up for victims of crime and law-abiding citizens
  • and make justice more accessible and affordable for Ontarians

The Smarter and Stronger Justice Act will mean Ontarians will spend less time in courtrooms and have greater access to the legal services and supports when and where they need them.

The government is addressing the calls for modernization that went unanswered for decades and taking concrete action for the first time in recent memory towards a justice system fit for the 21st century that will support access to justice as communities reopen and the economy carefully restarts.  Intentions are to simplify a complex and outdated justice system that supports the growth of safer communities by standing up for victims of crime and law-abiding citizens; thus, the proposed changes to simplify and strengthen Ontario’s laws around property forfeiture.

The government agrees with law-abiding Ontarians who say crime should not pay and we have taken action to make it harder for criminals to hold on to the proceeds of their crimes that fuel other criminal activities that put communities at risk, such as human trafficking. 

At the same time, the government is also taking action to prevent families from having to publicly relive their grief by seeking a death certificate of a loved one through the courts, standing up for the rights of victims whose intimate images have been shared without consent, and making it easier to manage an estate of a modest value.

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