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Ontario Courts Will Gradually Reopen on Monday

Woodstock is not included in the list of 44 courthouses that will reopen on Monday, however courts in Brantford, London and St. Thomas are on the list.

ONTARIO - Ontario courts will gradually reopen across the Province starting on Monday with in-person proceedings. 

Attorney General Doug Downey says they will include strict health and safety protocols to protect staff and everyone required to attend a courthouse from COVID-19.  

"We have worked with justice partners throughout the COVID-19 outbreak to keep people safe and maintain the administration of justice. We are now taking a careful and staged approach to expanding the operations of provincial courts and implementing strict public health measures so that in-person matters can be heard safely." 

To start, 149 courtrooms in both the Superior and Ontario Courts of Justice are reopening in 44 locations. The courthouse in Woodstock will remain closed, however the courthouses in Brantford, St. Thomas and London are among the ones opening. Additional courtrooms will open by September with the remaining opening by November 1, 2020. To help maintain physical distancing, plexiglass barriers are being installed in courtrooms, interview rooms, intake offices and at public counters. Everyone who visits a courthouse will be required to wear a face covering and will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.

The government is consulting with justice sector partners, leaders and innovators to develop investment priorities to support new ways of delivering and increasing access to justice that span the entire sector and province, including rural and remote communities and criminal, civil and family law fields.

You can find a list of Ontario courts online here. You can find a list of Superior courts online here. 

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