Ministry of the Attorney General
Ontario Launches Free Counselling Program for Jurors
New Program Providing Accessible and Confidential Supports
Hamilton, ON – Jan 31, 2017
Ontario is supporting jurors by providing easier access to experienced and qualified counsellors.
The Juror Support Program is available to help Ontarians who have served as jurors at the end of a trial or a coroner’s inquest, if and when they need it.
Jury duty is an important civic responsibility and can be a rewarding experience. However, sometimes it can be very difficult and stressful for jurors. The evidence and the testimony some jurors have to consider can be graphic and deal with very traumatic and violent crimes. In some cases, individuals have to take time away from their jobs, their families and their everyday lives. Talking to a qualified counsellor can help jurors after a trial or inquest.
There are no out-of-pocket expenses for jurors, and the program is completely confidential. Jurors can choose to receive counselling in-person, over the phone, by email or videoconference in English or French. They will also receive disability accommodation.
Supporting jurors to perform their civic duty and making counselling more easily accessible for those who need it is part of the government’s plan to help people in their everyday lives.