Ontario is expanding support to family members whose loved ones died in a police-related event and wish to have legal representation at a coroner's inquest.
Through the new Coroner's Inquest Family Reimbursement Program (CIFRP), family members whose loved ones died in police-related events who have been granted standing at an inquest can apply for funding towards their inquest legal fees.
The new program responds to recommendation 6.17 from Justice Michael Tulloch's Police Oversight Review, that "the government should provide funding for legal assistance to represent the interests of the spouse, parents, brother, sister or personal representative of the deceased person at a coroner's inquest in SIU cases."
The CIFRP will run concurrently to the existing Coroner's Inquest Legal Fee Reimbursement Program (CILFRP) and remain in place while the government conducts a broader review of the reimbursement of legal fees for inquests.
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