John Howard Society of London & District

Bail Verification and Supervision Program

Provides community supervision to eligible individuals who do not have the financial or social supports to meet bail requirements. Prospective clients are interviewed in the holding cell at the courthouse to determine eligibility.  If release is approved by the court, clients report weekly or more frequently to have their conditions monitored. The program also provides enhanced supervision to support clients with mental health and substance use issues. The program offers specialized bail services for Indigenous people using a culturally appropriate approach to supervision.

The Bail Program is currently offered in the following jurisdictions including London, Woodstock, St. Thomas, Stratford, Goderich and Walkerton. Supervision is also available at the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.

Who can apply?

  • Men and women over 16 awaiting a bail hearing or requesting a bail review
  • Individuals who do not have access to a surety
  • Individuals willing and able to comply with conditions of release and signs a Bail Supervision Contract

How to apply?

  • Individuals can contact the Bail program using their lawyer or duty counsel
  • Request to see the Bail program representative in the holding cells at the courthouse
  • Collect calls accepted

Bail Verification and Supervision Program (London Office)

570 Queens Avenue
London, Ontario
N6B 1Y8
t: 519.518.5420
f: 519.518.5180

Bail Verification and Supervision Program Satellite Offices:

St. Thomas
Elgin County Courthouse
4 Wellington Street
St. Thomas, ON N5R 2P2
Tel: 519.200.7840

Oxford County Courthouse
415 Hunter Street
Woodstock, ON N4S 4G6
Tel: 519.200.4153

John Howard Society Bail Office
32 Erie Street
Stratford, ON N5A 5H6
Tel: 519.200.0968

Goderich/Walkerton/Owen Sound 
Goderich Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Goderich, ON N7A 1M2
Tel: 519.200.7219