Victim Law: The Law of Victims of Crime in Canada

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How victims of crime are treated by the justice system has emerged as a major societal issue, spurring legislative reforms, public inquiries, complaints against judges, and public debate.

Victim Law: The Law of Victims of Crime in Canada is an invaluable peer-reviewed resource for judges, Crown prosecutors, defence counsel, police, victim service professionals, policy-makers, and scholars. In this timely book, one of the architects of the new federal Victims Bill of Rights Act examines the growing body of legislation and case law related to victims of crime throughout the criminal justice, corrections, and youth criminal justice systems and under provincial and territorial laws. In addition to providing a comprehensive legal account of victim law, legislative and policy recommendations are made to enhance the responsiveness of the justice system to victims.

This resource separates itself into three parts; Federal Victim Law, Provincial Victim Law, and Territorial Victim Law. Each of these parts discuss in very specific detail the definition of "victim" and go on to related Acts that impact this area of law, including remedies for victims.

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  • Milestones in the modern development of victim law
  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and victim law
  • Protection for victims
  • Participation of victims: Alternative measures, plea agreements, and more

Some of the related Acts included are

  • Victims of Crime Act
  • Protection orders under the Family Law Act
  • Crime Victims Assistance Act
  • Civil Forfeiture Act
  • Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
  • The Mandatory Testing and Disclosure (Bodily Substances) Act
  • The Victims of Interpersonal Violence Act
  • The Emergency Protection for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Act
  • The Public Guardian and Trustee Act
  • The Correctional Services Act, 2012
  • The Domestic Violence and Stalking Act


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Criminal law & procedure


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