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Memo-All stakeholders of the Ontario Court of Justice in Timmins

Memo-All stakeholders of the Ontario Court of Justice in Timmins

This is further to my memorandum of last Friday. For ease of reference, I attach a copy of that earlier memorandum.

Once again, I wish to thank each and everyone of you for your patience and cooperation.

As you may know, a plan has now been worked out with Monteith jail to share the video/audio suites equitably amongst all courts in the Region.  Thankfully, our daily 9:30 a.m. triage court has survived so we will have access to Monteith Jail by audio/video from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. from Monday to Friday.  I say audio because most matters may now be heard, on consent, by audio because there is a fear that the provincial video conference system may crash due to overuse.  We have also secured 

Bail Court time for Timmins matters from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  If required, additional time slots in Monteith may be available Tuesday afternoons.   The VR court on Friday afternoon will be suspended for the time being as all in-custody matters will be addressed at 9:30 a.m. daily.  I also intend to schedule in-custody pleas right after the triage court, time permitting.  If need be, we will also deal with in-custody pleas on afternoons were no bail matters are being dealt with.

We will only have one court running in Timmins at any given time and that will be in courtroom number one.

For clarity, this is how the days will unfold:

  1. Every day at 9:30 a.m., triage court will start with a judge presiding in court and a Justice of the Peace presiding remotely from his or her office.  We shall connect with Monteith to deal with in-custody matters.  Police agencies shall also be calling in with overnight arrests. If there are bail matters, we will schedule them at an appropriate time that day, if ready to proceed, or another day that bail court is sitting (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday).  Consent releases can also be done by the Justice of the Peace starting at 11 a.m.  It is important that the TIMMINS BAIL CONFERENCE NUMBER be used for all bail matters (1-866-633-0848, ID: 3687691) and that the CRIMINAL/FAMILY CONFERENCE NUMBER be used for triage court (1-866-633-0848, ID: 9262443).
  2. We will then deal with one or two in- custody please if there are any ready to go or we will schedule in-custody pleas at a later date.
  3. If there are no bails for that afternoon, we can also schedule in-custody pleas for then.
  4. We will then deal with regular non-custody dockets for that day.
  5. Bail court will then start at 11 a.m. to deal with audio consent releases and then 1 p.m. for other bail matters.
  6. At 2 p.m. everyday, the judge scheduled to preside that day will call the Timmins criminal and family conference line from his or her office to see if anyone calls in for emergency matters and will remain on the line for 15 minutes; if there are matters to be addressed on record, a date and time can be set and it will be done by audio on the same line.
  7. As has been the practice in the last week, if there is a non-custody matter on any docket which is not addressed by anyone, a bench warrant with discretion will issue and the matter will be adjourned to the presumptive date. 
  8. When triage court starts in the morning, the presiding judge will ask everyone to identify themselves in the following order: (a) the co-presiding justice of the peace; (b) the provincial crowns; (c) the federal crowns; (d) defence counsel; (e) police agencies; and (f) any other agencies that may be on the line. When not addressing a matter, please ensure that your microphone is muted to avoid interference. 

Once again, thank you all for your cooperation.

Yours truly,

Justice Martin Lambert

ML/dh

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