On August 11, 2011, the Honourable Chris Bentley, Attorney General of Ontario, appointed Former Supreme Court of Canada Justice, the Honourable Frank Iacobucci, to review the process for including individuals living in First Nations reserve communities on the province’s jury rolls.
The province appointed Mr. Iacobucci to conduct a review of existing processes, hold consultations, evaluate best practices, and provide a final report within a year.
As part of the review, recommendations will be made on how to enhance First Nations representation on the jury roll. Mr. Iacobucci will seek input from First Nations communities and other interested parties.
The Honourable Frank Iacobucci’s review will help strengthen First Nations representation on the province’s jury rolls. Mr. Iacobucci has a distinguished legal career, with particular expertise in the area of aboriginal law which will be a tremendous asset to this review.”
— Chris Bentley, Attorney General and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
“Nishnawbe Aski Nation is committed on behalf of our people to ensuring fair and credible trial and inquest proceedings. Working with the Government of Ontario to enhance meaningful First Nation participation in the Ontario justice system is an important step towards achieving this goal. NAN looks forward to working with Mr. Iacobucci and the ministry on this important review.”
— Stan Beardy, Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief