Reviews mixed on Ontario court files access

Ontario journalists have compiled a second edition of The Justice Reporter, a newsletter that explores the openness of the province’s courts. Despite the attorney general’s decision in April to rescind a policy that blocked access to criminal case files after a publication ban was imposed, court officials continue to throw up roadblocks to access. The Spring 2009 issue includes an access report card that rates Ontario courthouses from most-media friendly — the Supreme Court of Canada — to worst, Toronto’s busy Old City Hall.