Call for Brockville court technology

The back entrance to the courthouse in Brockville, Ont. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

BROCKVILLE – Local MPP Steve Clark is calling for more technology inside city courtrooms.

His appeal has apparently been answered, as Ontario’s Attorney General has committed to an investigation into why requests to put cameras in place for video remands have fallen on deaf ears.

According to Clark, Brockville is the only courthouse in Eastern Ontario without video technology to allow accused people to make their first appearance or other procedural appearances from jail – which is sometimes the matter of a minute or two.

“I’m pleased the Attorney General appeared to understand the serious concerns I brought forward on behalf of the Brockville police and everyone who works at the court house,” Clark said.

The concern is the number of officers needed to move and supervise people between the Brockville Jail and the court.

The jail at Wall Street and John Ross Matheson Way already has the technology to make video appearances but the court does not.

Clark added that having the technology would also keep costs down for the prosecution by allowing Crown witnesses to testify remotely instead of travelling great distances at the cost of the provincial taxpayer.

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