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NCJ Number: 212501 Find in a Library
Title: Crime Victim's Guide to the Criminal Justice System
Corporate Author: Canada Department of Justice
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 32
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Department of Justice
Ottawa ON K1A 0H8, Canada
Sale Source: Canada Department of Justice
Justice Bldg. Kent St., at Wellington St.
Ottawa ON K1A 0H8,
Document: PDF
Type: Handbook
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This booklet guides crime victims and witnesses through the Canadian criminal justice system.
Abstract: The introduction discusses the powers of the Federal and provincial governments in relation to criminal law issues and briefly outlines the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA), which contains provisions on the information crime victims may have access to regarding federally incarcerated offenders. Aspects on crime investigation, criminal charges, arrest, release, and bail hearings are reviewed. Protections extended to crime victims are outlined at their various points in the criminal justice system, ranging from a judge’s power to exclude all members of the public from the court proceedings to special protections for child witnesses. Special issues involving young offenders and mentally disordered defendants are discussed and descriptions are offered of the duties and authorities of the Crown Prosecutor, the defense lawyer, and witnesses. The levels of the court system are delineated and the categories of criminal offenses under Canadian law are reviewed. The guide prepares witnesses and victims for each step involved with going to trial, from the preliminary inquiry to sentencing. The appeals and correctional processes are presented before the guide closes with a summary of the Canadian Statement of Basic Principles of Justice For Victims of Crime. Resources, glossary
Main Term(s): Victims rights
Index Term(s): Foreign criminal justice systems; Victim impact statements; Victim services; Victims in foreign countries
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