Ontario expands digital platform for electronic filing of criminal charges to West region

The expansion comes after it launched the digital platform in four other regions

Ontario expands digital platform for electronic filing of criminal charges to West region

The Ontario government has expanded a digital platform for electronic filing of criminal charges to the West region, the Ministry of the Solicitor General announced.

eIntake is a digital platform that enables police to file criminal charges electronically. It is part of the provincial government’s series of digital initiatives to create a “seamless, simple and efficient justice system.”

On Feb. 23, the eIntake became available in all courthouses across the West Region, including London, Kitchener and Owen Sound. The expansion comes after launches in the Northeast, Northwest, Central East and Toronto regions from 2019 to 2021. Over 46,000 charging documents have been received by eIntake since its pilot release in Nov. 2019.

“Improving the digital tools and information accessible to Ontario’s police, prosecutors and courts is critical to bringing offenders to justice and keeping communities safe,” Attorney General Doug Downey said. “Expanding the eIntake digital platform to London, Kitchener, Owen Sound and surrounding rural regions will reduce paperwork and allow police and justices of the peace to spend more valuable time on core duties.”

According to the ministry, eIntake will allow justices of the peace to enter their decisions, sign documents digitally and request additional information from police online.

“We are taking another step to modernize Ontario’s criminal justice system to ensure information flows seamlessly from the police to the courts,” Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said.

The ministry said that the provincial government aims to expand the availability of eIntake provincewide by the summer of 2022.

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