More than Words: Enhancing the Proposed Canadian Victims Bill of Rights (Bill C-32)

Ottawa: Macdonald-Laurier Institute for Public Policy, June 2014

14 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2014

Date Written: June 1, 2014

Abstract

This brief Commentary provides an evaluation of the proposed Canadian Victims Bill of Rights (a key part of Bill C-32), and recommendations aimed at ensuring that it meets the objective of meaningfully enhancing the rights of victims within the criminal justice system.

Part 2 provides a synopsis of victimization in Canada, including both self-reported crime and police-reported crime. Groups of victims suffering disproportionately high levels of violent victimization are highlighted and reasons for under-reported crime related to the justice system are identified.

Part 3 summarizes the key components of the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights.

Part 4 evaluates this proposed legislation and recommends several amendments be made to it to better respond to victims and ensure its effectiveness, including: (1) broadening the definition of “victim” to ensure that organizations, including charities and non-profits, can claim rights when they are the victims of crime (such as fraud); (2) authorizing lawyers to act on behalf of victims; and (3) enhancing the status of victims in criminal proceedings and remedies available to them to ensure their rights are respected.

Finally, Part 5 offers some closing comments on the way forward.

Keywords: Canada, criminal law, criminal justice, victims rights, Victims Bill of Rights, Bill C-32

Suggested Citation

Perrin, Benjamin, More than Words: Enhancing the Proposed Canadian Victims Bill of Rights (Bill C-32) (June 1, 2014). Ottawa: Macdonald-Laurier Institute for Public Policy, June 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2456756

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