Ontario’s courts resumed in-person proceedings this week after months of being shuttered since March 16 due to COVID-19.
The Ministry of the Attorney General’s stated goal is to have all courtrooms operational by November 1.
The initial plan was to have 149 courtrooms in both the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice open for trials and preliminary inquiries in 44 locations. According to reports, the College Park courthouse in Toronto and the Guelph courthouse did not have the necessary health and safety precautions in place.
Things will look a lot different in the courthouses that are reopening, for one, there will be plexiglass barriers in courtrooms, interview rooms, intake offices and at public counters.
The ministry also says everyone will be required to answer COVID-19 screening questions before entering and masks will be mandatory.
It will be a while before things get back to normal, until then, welcome to the new normal.