Ontario Privacy Commissioner Orders Reform of Jury Screening Process

| October 05, 2009

Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner has ordered Crown attorneys to cease collecting any personal information of potential jurors, beyond that which is necessary under the Juries Act and Criminal Code. The Commissioner has called on the Ministry of the Attorney General to implement a standardized juror screening process that will put an end to the practice of the police investigating potential jurors through techniques that included accessing confidential databases.