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June 2020

Ontario Crown attorneys seek to delayed return to court over COVID-19 fears

Excerpt from CTV News:

Crown attorneys in Ontario want to delay returning to courthouses next week over fears related to COVID-19, the lawyers’ union said in court documents.

The Ontario Crown Attorneys Association is seeking an injunction to delay the province’s plans to reopen 44 courthouses starting next week.

The association alleges the province’s attorney general, and the management board of cabinet that represents Crowns in labour relations, have not taken every precaution to protect workers in courthouses during the pandemic.

“These precautions include the mandatory wearing of masks and other administrative measures to protect the employees and other persons against contracting the virus,” said a notice of application filed in the Superior Court of Justice on Friday.

The union said the attorney general is breaching the Crowns’ collective agreement by ordering workers to return to court on July 6, when it plans to reopen 149 courtrooms at 44 courthouses across the province for in-person trials. The union wants the delay so the issue can be dealt with by an arbitrator.

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