There’s been a major development in the class-action lawsuit filed against the province over conditions at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre.
The Ontario Superior Court has certified the lawsuit led by McKenzie Lake that covers inmates who were incarcerated at the detention centre between Jan. 1, 2010 and Aug. 25, 2013, including those held in custody for pending trials and court appearances.
A release from lawyer Kevin Egan states that it is too early to determine an amount for the claims, though it said “it is anticipated the amounts will be significant” if successful.
In speaking with AM980, Egan said he’s “overjoyed” by the decision.
“Personally, it’s a huge day for me, but more importantly than that, it’s a huge day for those people who have been subjected to sub-human conditions at Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre.”
The lawsuit was filed back in 2013. At that time, the action sought damages of $300-million for negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, assault and battery.
“We’re hopeful that we can have some meaningful discussions with the Crown about what they will do to address possible settlement, and primarily we’re concerned about the conditions that continue to exist out at EMDC.”