TORONTO JUROR WITH PTSD SUING ONTARIO, OTTAWA FOR COMPENSATION

Feb 20, 2018

By Bob Komsic

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A 45-year-old Toronto man, diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after serving on the jury of a 2014 murder trial, is taking the province and federal governments to court seeking $100,000 in compensation.
(Sue Reid/CBC)
A statement of claim filed in Ontario Superior Court, says Mark Farrant suffered from ”ongoing mental health problems including but not limited to PTSD, anxiety, depression, nervous shock and other issues”.
The lawsuit goes on to allege the attorneys general of Ontario and Canada breached their ”duty of care” to protect Farrant as a juror.
His story two years ago about the psychological impact of serving on some juries led the province to introduce a new program last year making free counselling available to jurors.
Farrant’s lawsuit alleges that was too late for him.
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