North York is an industrial and residential area located in the north end of the city of Toronto. The population of North York (350,000) is heavily multicultural, and is intersected by a number of highways, including the 427, the 407 and the Allen Expressway.
The Yorkdale Mall in North York [map] is one of the largest shopping centres in North America.
North York was a separate municipality until the city’s amalgamation in 1998. The North York Civic Centre at 5100 Yonge Street [map] was its city hall.
The Toronto Police Service has three divisions to serve North York (see map):
The courthouse for North York is located at 1000 Finch Ave. West, near Dufferin St. [map]. The courthouse is sandwiched inside a strip mall with a car dealership and a Greek restaurant. It is old and run-down, and was never intended to be in service as long as it has been. However, despite its appearance, the judges and Crown attorneys have long nurtured a culture of fairness and common sense. As frustrating as parking and the lack of meeting space at the courthouse is, defence lawyers know that at 1000 Finch, their clients stand a better chance at negotiating a successful result.
Because of the multicultural nature of North York, trials at the courthouse often feature interpreters translating languages and dialects from all over the world into English. Simultaneous translation creates its own sets of challenges, including lengthier trials.
Superior Court cases from North York are managed in the Superior Court downtown at 361 University Ave. [map]
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