Lawyers have settled a case involving an Ontario woman who claimed she developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after serving as a juror in a murder trial.
The unidentified woman was a juror in the 2012 trial involving eight-year-old Victoria Stafford, of Woodstock, who was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered.
The 57-year-old said she endured psychological injury as a result of being exposed to the eventually convicted Michael Rafferty’s crimes.
A resolution came early on Tuesday before the potentially precedent-setting case was to go before the Court of Appeal.
Lawyers for the woman said the ministry of the attorney general will compensate her for expenses incurred in treatments she sought, after the trial.
The announcement comes a day after Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi announced that the province would be offering free counselling to all jurors who need it.
The female juror, who can not be identified, says she was formally diagnosed with PTSD due to reoccurring flashbacks from the trial. Short-term memory loss, depression and anxiety were some of the afflictions the juror said she suffered from, requiring time off work.
Previously, the woman sought restitution from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and Divisional Court, but was dismissed in both cases for not meeting all legal criteria for a claim.