This person should be a member of the Implementation Committee, and his/her colleagues would be actively involved in providing input through him/her to the Committee and to the advisory group to the Attorney General as directed.
As an example of his/her role, noting the confusion and lack of transparency regarding jury districts in Ontario, the ADAG should be asked to make a map of these districts publicly available.
This official would need a small support group that could draw on the expertise of officials already in the Ministry.
The ADAG would have ongoing responsibility for matters affecting First Nations and jury representation, as well as issues with the justice system, as deemed appropriate.
RECOMMENDATION 11: the Ministry of the Attorney General, in consultation with the Implementation Committee, consider implementing the practice from parts of the U.
S., that when a jury summons or questionnaire is undeliverable or is not returned, another summons or questionnaire is sent out to a resident of the same postal code, thereby ensuring that nonresponsive prospective jurors do not undermine jury representativeness.
Ultimately the studies and review should be submitted to the Implementation Committee for review and recommendations.
RECOMMENDATION 5: the Ministry of the Attorney General create an Assistant Deputy Attorney General (ADAG) position responsible for Aboriginal issues, including the implementation of this Report. Subject to sections 3 and 4, every person who, is eligible and liable to serve as a juror on juries in the Superior Court of Justice in the county in which he or she resides. Recommendation 17: the Ministry of the Attorney General, in consultation with the Implementation Committee, institute a process that would allow for First Nations individuals to volunteer to be on the jury roll for the purposes of empanelling a jury for a coroner’s inquest. These studies and reviews need not be long, drawn-out initiatives, and could be carried out by Ministry staff, of course in consultation with First Nations. RECOMMENDATION 6: after obtaining the input of the Implementation Committee, the Ministry of the Attorney General provide broader and more comprehensive justice education programs for First Nations individuals, including: It is important to emphasize that all of the education initiatives above would have to be carried out with the input of the Implementation Committee, but also in consultation with PTOs, other associations, and First Nations. RECOMMENDATION 7: With respect to First Nations youth, in addition to having a youth member on the Implementation Committee, the Implementation Committee should request that the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth facilitate a conference of representative youth members from First Nations reserves to focus on specific issues in the relationship between youth, juries, and the justice system, addressed in this report. Recommendation 12: the Ministry of the Attorney General, in consultation with the Implementation Committee, consider a procedure whereby First Nations people on reserve could volunteer for jury service as a means of supplementing other jury source lists. (1) The following persons are ineligible to serve as jurors: Every member of the Privy Council of Canada or the Executive Council of Ontario.