On April 7, 2009 Ontario Provincial Liberal Attorney General, Chris Bentley, announced that he would construct a multi-million dollar courthouse on the old Westwood Theatre property, located at the Westwood Theatre Lands and Six Points Interchange.
The multi-million dollar construction on this new Ontario Court of Justice Courthouse, which would house twenty courtrooms, is expected to begin in the next two years and to be completed by 2013. Two (2) of these courtrooms will be designated as priority courtrooms for major/complex cases, which will accomodate multiple defendants and high security.
The Attorney General hopes that this new courthouse will accomodate the needs of Etobicoke residents well into the next quarter of a century and will be extremely accessible to the public. This courthouse is meant to replace the westend courthouse located at 1000 Finch Avenue West, which will probably be phased out upon the completion of this new Etobicoke Ontario Court of Justice courthouse.
Those that need to attend this new Ontario Court of Justice courthouse, will be able to access it from the nearby TTC’s Kipling Subway Station and the Kipling GO Train Station.
Not all the Etobicoke residents are as enthusiastic as the Attorney General is, regarding this new location for this 20 courtroom courthouse in their neighbourhood and what they anticipate will come with this new courthouse.
Update: March 29, 2011 – Almost two (2) years after the Ontario Provincial Attorney General announced the constuction of this courthouse, Ontario Liberal Government announced in the 2011 budget, that they will cancel the funding of the construction of the Toronto West Courthouse, saving the Province of Ontario $181 million over three years. This effects Etobicoke’s local economy and will force the City of Toronto to build its’ own courthouse and pay for that construction.