The Ontario government is expanding the use of criminal eIntake – a digital platform that allows police officers to file criminal charges electronically. This system will be available in courthouses in the Central East Region this month, following successful launches in Northeastern and Northwestern Ontario. This initiative will also allow Justices of the Peace to enter their decisions and sign documents electronically and request additional information from police online.
Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said, “The expansion of criminal eIntake enables information to flow seamlessly from the police to the courts and allows our frontline officers to spend more time preventing and investigating crime. This is yet another step we are taking towards building a more connected criminal justice system.”
The eIntake digital platform will be available in six courthouses across Central Eastern Ontario including Peterborough, Newmarket and Oshawa. The Ontario government is working to ensure the platform is available province-wide by 2022.
Implementing the eIntake system is part of a series of digital initiatives the government is taking to build a justice system that is seamless, simple and efficient. The eIntake system is also part of Ontario Onwards: Ontario’s COVID-19 Action Plan for a People-Focused Government , and one of more than 30 projects changing the way people and businesses interact with government.
The eIntake system was successfully piloted in Barrie and Orillia from November 2019 to September 2020. More than 225,000 charging documents – known as Informations – are filed in person by police officers across the province each year.