A Crown Attorney’s Perspective on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Justice Sector – Webinar – 2021-02-23

A webinar presented by the Scarborough Local Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee on February 23, 2021.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the presentation, participants will:
• Have increased knowledge and insights on the impact and challenges of COVID-19 on the justice sector
• Have enhanced knowledge about strategies and approaches to address emerging trends regarding
working remotely and communicating with clients


Jason Balgopal is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, and an Ontario lawyer, who was called to the
bar in 1999. He has been practicing exclusively in criminal law since 2003. He has been an Assistant
Crown Attorney in the Scarborough Crown Attorneys’ office since 2004. He has appeared in all levels of
court in Ontario and has conducted all manner of prosecutions, including murder trials and a dangerous
offender application. He is a member of the Elder Abuse Consultation Team in Toronto and has
presented many times on the topic of Elder Abuse. After a lengthy challenge with depression, and after
getting to a better “head-space” for himself, he wished to give back to the community which had
supported him, and in 2015 created the Mental Wellness Peer Support Groups, which have been
operating continuously since, and are now (during COVID) operating virtually through Zoom. More
information can be found at his website: www.Balgopal.ca and at www.MentalWellness.help