Star gets action: Crown must now report police who lie

Ontario’s Crown attorneys will soon be required to report cases where they believe police officers have lied under oath.

The new policy comes after a Star investigation earlier this year that found more than 100 cases of police deception in Ontario and across the country.

The Star also found that Ontario, like most provinces, had no formal mechanism to investigate allegations of police lying in court.

“When there are concerns raised about the integrity of our justice system, we take them very seriously,” said Attorney General John Gerretsen, who ordered his ministry probe the issue in April following the Star investigation.

“It is important that we determine whether those concerns are warranted. If so, we must do something to address them. That is exactly what we have done here.”

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