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Criminal and youth lawyers worried about new Toronto ‘mega’ court

May 30, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sandra Porter
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A new courthouse being built in downtown Toronto is raising concerns in the legal community, and is especially troubling to defence lawyers and young offender advocates.

The facility, which will be located at 11 Centre Avenue — a site owned by the province and located just to the north of Toronto City Hall — has a price tag of approximately $956.4 million and is being developed to be a “mega” court.

From our point of view, all of the bails — and bails have always taken place in the context of a provincial courthouse — will be hived off to the old 2201 building…and we have real concerns about that from a whole series of bases,” said Dirk Derstine, president of the Toronto Lawyers Association and partner at Derstine Penman Criminal Lawyers.

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*This article was originally published by The Lawyer’s Daily (, part of LexisNexis Canada Inc.