The A. Grenville and William Davis Courthouse has received complaints regarding a lack of sanitation in the building during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ontario Court Justice Kathryn L. Hawke sent an email to Marion Marrone and Francesca Angheloni, managers of courthouse operations, requesting immediate action to clean the building properly.
Hawke’s email requested provision of hand sanitizers and disinfection of high touch areas as well as asking management to discuss the problem with those higher up in power to take care of things immediately.
“Hygiene measures in the Brampton courthouse are grossly inadequate. As a result, the staff and the public are being put at unnecessary and inappropriate risk of contracting COVID-19,” said Hawke. “The time for general assurances like ‘we are doing everything to keep you safe’ has passed. This type of messaging is stressing everyone, which in turn makes their immune systems more vulnerable.”
A ministry spokesperson released a statement on the matter:
“Our government continues to support justice partners to keep people safe and protect critical front-line justice services in response to COVID-19. As the public health situation continues to evolve, the Ministry of the Attorney General is following the guidance of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health officials. The health and safety of all Ontarians, including legal service professionals, is our top priority. The Attorney General has confirmed that attendance in court is restricted to the judicial official and essential court staff, unless a judicial official orders otherwise.”
As of last week, justices of the peace for the Brampton Courthouse will now preside over COVID-19 related issues and the importance of physical distancing. The Criminal Lawyers Association (CLA) will lower the number of volunteers as court operations will now be presided online and not recommend members to go to courthouse proceedings in-person until health and safety concerns are met.
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