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VERIFICATION AND BAIL SUPERVISION

ABOUT THE PROGRAM


The John Howard Society of Peel - Halton - Dufferin, Bail Verification and Supervision Program is funded through the Ministry of the Attorney General and is commonly referred to as the Bail Program. The Bail Progam provides to the court an alterative to pre-trial custody, in the absence of a surety. The Bail Program has been operating in the Peel jurisdiction since 1980, in the Ontario Court of Justice, Criminal Division, at the A. Grenville and William Davis Court House, at 7755 Hurontario Street Brampton, Ontario.

In Peel Region representatives of the Bail Program are available 365 days of the year. In 2005 the Bail Program expanded to the Halton Region with representatives in attendance at the Ontario Court of Justice,Criminal Division, 491 Steeles Avenue, Milton Ontario, Monday to Friday. In 2006 a further expansion occurred to Dufferin County, where the services are available Monday to Friday at the Ontario Court of Justice, Criminal Division, 10 Louisa Street, Orangeville.The Bail Program is available to Males and Females, 16 years and older, awaiting a bail hearing or requesting a Bail Review in the Superior Court of Justice.

The referral process is not restricted to lawyers but are accepted from any source, including the accused, who identify that an individual may require the assistance of the Bail Program.It should be noted that the program specifically addresses the "Primary Ground," which encompasses the likelihood that an individual will not attend court, if released from pre-trial custody and a history of convictions for non-compliance with court orders.

The Bail Program, as defined by the Ministry of the Attorney General, has 3
major functions:

  • To identify the availability of a surety.
  • To provide verified, neutral and factual information about an accused person for the purposes of a bail hearing. This information will assist the court to determine suitability for release, under the supervision of the Bail Program.
  • To provide supervision, counselling and referral services for individuals who are released from custody by the courts, where the condition of release directs that an individual be supervised.

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