Toronto Star investigation found Ontario courts are increasingly denying access to criminal records that legal experts say should be accessible to the media.

A Toronto Star investigation has found Ontario courts are increasingly denying access to criminal records that legal experts say should be accessible to the media. Now, the Ministry of the Attorney General is reviewing its policies on media access to criminal court records in a bid to make the province’s justice system more open and transparent.

“The openness of the court is essential to the credibility to the court as a democratic institution,” Dan Burnett, president of the Canadian Media Lawyers Association, told the Toronto Star.

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Tamara Baluja is an award-winning journalist with CBC Vancouver and the 2018 Michener-Deacon fellow for journalism education. She was the associate editor for J-Source from 2013-2014.