On behalf of Nicholas St-Pierre avocat / lawyer posted in criminal defense on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.
The Canadian justice system affects all citizens. This is the reason for large-scale government consultations in the wake of proposed sentencing reforms by the federal government. The online survey asks people in Ontario and across Canada their views on a variety of criminal defense and justice-related issues, including mandatory minimums and mitigating circumstances.
Rather than directly asking Canadians their views on certain issues, the survey presents a series of scenarios and asks respondents what the most just decision would be. Scenarios include how a brain-damaged offender or an apologetic offender with little possibility of re-offending should be considered in a court of law. The survey will be followed up in the coming months with consultations on issues such as sexual assault, mental health, court delays and indigenous issues.