People who were wrongfully convicted or accused of killing children based in part on the testimony of disgraced forensic pathologist Dr. Charles Smith will be eligible to apply for compensation from the Ontario government.

The province is offering “recognition payments” for 19 people and some of their family members, “whose lives have been significantly impacted as a result of flawed pediatric forensic pathology,” said Attorney General Chris Bentley.

People who were convicted, charged or investigated as a result of flawed pathology can be included in the compensation process.

Retired judge Chester Misener will look at the 19 cases as applications for compensation come in, and will make a decision within 90 days about who is eligible and the amount each individual will receive, with a top payment of $250,000.