Aitken Robertson | Criminal Lawyers in Cornwall
If you have been charged with a criminal offence in or around Cornwall, the law firm of Aitken Robertson can help. Aitken Robertson’s legal team has over 100 years of combined experience defending people charged with criminal offences in Ontario. Our lawyers and paralegals stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the law by regularly taking continuing legal education courses, even travelling out of the country to get the best training available.
Call Aitken Robertson for a 30-minute free consultation. You can to talk to one of our friendly and knowledgeable criminal lawyers in Cornwall who can tell you how we can help you with your criminal charges.
Court Information for Criminal Offences in Cornwall
Criminal offences that arise in Cornwall and the surrounding areas, are heard at the Cornwall Courthouse, located at 29 Second St W, Cornwall. Both the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice are in this building. The courthouse hours are from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (closed on weekends and holidays).
There are also satellites courts in:
- Alexandria (110 Main St. North, PO Box 699 Alexandria ON K0C 1A0, 613-525-4330), and
- Morrisburg (6 – 5th Street W. Box 858 Morrisburg ON K0C 1X0, 613-543-2193).
Because of COVID-19, some criminal court matters were postponed and some were being dealt with virtually rather than by traditional in-person appearances. Normal procedures are in the process of resuming, but to be sure about how your case will be dealt with by this court, it’s best to inquire ahead of your court date. You can contact the Cornwall Courthouse by phone at 613-933-7500. (The satellite courts’ phone numbers are above.) You can contact the Cornwall Courthouse (and the two satellite courts) by email at Cornwall.OCJ.firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a lawyer, your lawyer will be able to tell you what the current rules are and will be able to take care of most of your court appearances on your behalf so that you don’t have to attend yourself.
There is some free parking at the courthouse, as well as metered street parking and a municipal parking lot across the street.
If you have time to eat sometime during your trip to the Cornwall Courthouse, the city has numerous fast-food places, but there also a some more formal restaurants that have earned good reviews and are not far from the courthouse. Here are a few:
- Truffles Burger Bar serving traditional beef burgers as well as burgers made from other ingredients, including kangaroo. They offer both dine-in and takeout service. They do have vegan options as well.
- Edward’s Bistro serving bistro fare, concentrating on Italian and French cuisine. They offer dining-in, curbside pick-up and no-contact delivery.
- Tiny Table serving Vietnamese food with options to dine-in, pick-up at curbside or get no-contact delivery.
Looking For a Criminal Lawyer in Cornwall?
Sitting at the eastern end of Ontario, beside the St. Lawrence River, is Cornwall. It is on the U.S. border, right across from New York State. Because of this proximity to the border, among the first settlers in this area were the United Empire Loyalists, American colonists loyal to the British Crown, who migrated to Canada in the eighteenth century after the American War of Independence. By the 19th century it was a settled area with just a modest amount of industry. However, “Canal and lock construction in the late 1800s and the early 1900s brought work and international business.”1 And then the railways came:
The railway connections provided connections between Cornwall and local communities that required access to public services in Cornwall itself, such as high schools and medical services, and helped cement Cornwall’s position as a regional centre for a large, rapidly-expanding, and increasingly-populated rural hinterland. The network of villages and towns surrounding Cornwall helped make the city a local entrepot for business, commerce, media and services.2
Today the city has a population of 46,5893 and enjoys a “diversified mix of manufacturing, automotive, high tech, food processing, distribution centres and call centres.”4
Some Things to Do if You Visit Cornwall
Cornwall’s Lamoureux Park is the largest waterfront park in eastern Ontario. On the shoreline of the St. Lawrence, it offers, among other attractions, cycling and pedestrian trails, a community museum, historical plaques, Rotary Eco-Gardens and an Aquatic Centre.5 If you’re interested in engineering and technology, the Saunders Hydro Dam Visitor Centre provides an interactive, historical look at the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project.6 Cornwall is also a great place for boating and fishing. And, if you like the roar of automotive engines, the Cornwall Motor Speedway is usually open Sundays from mid-May to mid-October.7
Is Cornwall a Safe Place To Live?
In 2021, Cornwall ranked number eight in the top 10 cities on the list of “Best Communities in Canada” compiled by Maclean’s magazine.8 In Maclean’s listing of “Canada’s Most Dangerous Places 2020,” Cornwall ranked number 47 out of 237for crime in general and 31 for violent crime. However for homicides it ranked close to the bottom at 220. For impaired driving it came in at 91 and for break and enters at 77. So it appears that while Cornwall has a relatively high crime rate, your chances of getting murdered are relatively low. But bear in mind that the particular neighbourhood in Cornwall that you’re in, will matter. The real estate website of HomeGeeks advises that:
Cornwall is a relatively safe place to live; however, if you are new to the area or thinking of buying and don’t know where to look, you may want to know which areas to avoid. I usually refer my clients to the Cornwall Police crime map to know where higher crime areas are in the city.9
The city offers a lot of advantages. It is commuter distance to both Montreal and Ottawa, but housing prices are much lower than in either of these larger cities. And its residents “enjoy the many benefits of a small town like less traffic, larger building lots, friendly neighbourhoods, walking distances to most shopping, transit, and recreation…”10