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Making a Judicial Complaint

When someone believes that a judge’s behaviour (as opposed to a decision the judge may have made) is of concern, or that a judge is not fit to sit on the Bench, a complaint can be made to the Canadian Judicial Council.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2010

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What is the court system in Ontario?

This resource gives an overview of Ontario’s court system, its two divisions, the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice, what kinds of cases each court hears, and what roles the Family Court, Small Claims Court, and Court of Appeal play in the court system.

Available in:

English, Français, Arabic, Chinese, Gujarati, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, Tamil, Urdu

Produced by:

Settlement.Org

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2010

A Victim’s Guide to the Canadian Criminal Justice System

This booklet provides victims of alcohol or drug-related automobile crashes and their families with detailed information on how the criminal justice system works. It explains impaired-driving legislation and the penalties for various offences. There is information what happens in each stage of an impaired-driving case. 

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2009

Cory’s Courthouse

This interactive web site has resources and activities to help prepare children for the experience of testifying in court. It has games, a simple dictionary, and tips for grown-ups on court day.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2009

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Justice in Both Languages

This resource describes the rights of French-speaking people in the Ontario justice system. It covers criminal and non-jury civil cases, civil jury trials with a bilingual jury, bilingual administrative tribunal hearings, documents, contracts, and wills. It lists legal resources available to French-speaking residents of Ontario.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2009

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The Journey to Justice

This guide was designed for judges, justices of the peace, prosecutors, police, witness coordinators, victim service workers, shelter staff, and educators. It discusses principles of helping children and teenagers testify in court and how they apply in the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2009

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Canada’s Court System

This section of the Department of Justice web site is a general description of the court system in Canada. It describes the types and levels of courts, their responsibilities, and how they relate to one another.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2008

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Information for an Accused Conducting a Self-Represented Trial

This article in the Fall 2008 issue of the Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Newsletter has information to help people representing themselves at a trial to comply with trial procedures. Topics include the charges, the role of the judge, the plea, the Crown’s case, witnesses, options for a defence, judgment, and sentence.

Available in:

English, Ojibwa

Format:

Newsletter

Produced/Updated In:

2008

In brief: Jurisdiction of Ontario Courts

This information sheet provides an overview of the structure of the courts in Ontario, including the jurisdictions of the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice, and the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2006

In Brief: Roles in the Criminal Justice System

This is a list of terms used to describe the roles of people you find in and around criminal justice system courtrooms, including “Accused,” “Judge,” “Jury,” “Lawyer,” and 24 more. 

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2006