Crown Disputes Commissioner's Jury Selection Report
PRIVACY LAWJune 18, 2010
The Ontario government is disputing the findings of a report issued last fall by Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian that determined approximately one-third of Crown offices in the province violated the Juries Act by using confidential police databases to vet prospective jurors, the National Post reports. The Crown has said the report was the result of "an inaccurate and incomplete understanding" of the jury selection process. The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner "strongly disagrees" with that interpretation, said its senior counsel, David Goodis, explaining, "Our findings were based on the source from which the Crown collected the information, such as police, not the format in which that information was held."