Friday, April 4, 2014
Transformative bill ensures victims are at the heart of our justice system
Released by Robert Pearsall, PA to MP Mark
of crime will have enforceable rights in Canada's criminal justice system
thanks to legislation introduced today to implement a Canadian Victims Bill
of Rights, says Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl.
transformative bill ensures victims are at the heart of our justice
system." Strahl added, "I'm very proud that our Government has
listened to the concerns of victims and taken action to give them a
stronger voice in our justice system."
The legislation delivers on commitments made in the 2013 Throne
Speech and in Budget 2014 to enhance the rights of victims. The need
for a greater understanding of the needs of victims, including
keeping them better informed and more involved, was identified
during public consultations.
The legislation would create the following statutory rights for
victims of crime:
• Right to
information: Victims would have the right to general information
about the criminal justice system and available victim services
and programs, as well as specific information about the progress
of the case, including information relating to the
investigation, prosecution and sentencing of the person who
• Right to protection: Victims would have the right to have
their security and privacy considered at all stages of the
criminal justice process, to have reasonable and necessary
measures to protect them from intimidation and retaliation, and
to request their identity be protected from public disclosure.
• Right to participation: Victims would have a right to convey
their views about decisions to be made by criminal justice
professionals and have them considered at various stages of the
criminal justice process, and to present a victim impact
• Right to restitution: Victims would have the right to have the
court consider making a restitution order for all offences for
which there are easy-to-calculate financial losses.
is part of the Government's Plan for Safe Streets and Communities,
which focusses on holding violent offenders accountable, enhancing
the rights of victims, and increasing the efficiency of the justice
"I've always believed that the government should put the rights of
victims ahead of the rights of the convicted," said Strahl. "The
Canadian Victims Bill of Rights will do just that."
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