Mass arrests strain special G20 courthouse

A city courthouse groaned yesterday following the mass arrests related to the weekend’s violent G20 protests.

A city courthouse groaned yesterday following the mass arrests related to the weekend’s violent G20 protests.

It was another chaotic day as harried lawyers huddled with bewildered family members or sprinted down the corridor to a hearing while friends and supporters milled around the north-end building.

The special court set up to handle G20 arrests heard cases in six courtrooms with over 10 Crown attorneys on duty.

Sitting hours were increased to accommodate the dozens of detainees following a session that stretched until after midnight Monday night.

About 700 people were arrested over the weekend. Many were released unconditionally, although it remained unclear exactly how many faced charges.