August 11, 2017 12:28 pm

Ontario aims to boost diversity among judges

Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said Ontario's diversity should be reflected in its judiciary,

Nathan Denette / The Canadian Press
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TORONTO – Ontario is making changes to its judicial applications to try to achieve greater diversity on the provincial bench.

The application form is being updated to include an option to self-identify as Indigenous, LGBTQ2+, belonging to a racialized community or other ethnic or cultural group, having a disability, or by gender.

The same change is being made for justice of the peace applicants.

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Attorney General Yasir Naqvi announced that Ontario will also begin collecting race-based data on applicants and new appointments.

As well, the judicial appointments advisory committee will also be increasing its outreach to law associations and students to reach a more diverse audience.

Naqvi says Ontario’s diversity should be reflected in its judiciary, in order to benefit the communities it serves.

© 2017 The Canadian Press

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