The Ministry of the Attorney General is doing unsatisfactory work, which is reflected in the “significant negative impact” of the Justice on Target program, according to New Democratic Party MPP and MAG critic Jagmeet Singh.
Singh, the MPP for Bramalea-Gore-Malton, says the ministry’s Justice on Target initiative is putting Ontarians in a tough spot.
“People are pleading guilty instead of exercising their fundamental right to go to trial,” says Singh. “There is focus on quicker resolutions and to wrap up the case.”
Justice on Target is an initiative put forth to address long wait times and effectively reduce criminal court delays. Launched in 2008, JOT claims to have eliminated more than 500,000 criminal court appearances since its inception. However, Singh says the program is putting pressure on clients, especially those with low income.
“Charges that are less serious don’t qualify...