Mandatory Sexual Assault Training for All Canadian Judges (Bill C-337)
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Bill C-337 (introduced in December 2015 by former MP Ms. Rona Ambrose) would mandate sexual assault training for all Canadian judges. According to recent news reports it has 'languished' in the House of Commons and has not moved past the second reading, with some senators opposing the bill, including Senator Andre Pratte. Upon speaking with a representative to my local MP, Terry Duguid it was stated by email:
"This piece of legislation is currently being debated in the Senate, and has reached second reading stage there. It was last discussed on October 3rd, and will hopefully reach third reading and Royal Assent in the near future. If any amendments are proposed, it will return to the House of Commons for more debate.
This process can be time-consuming, but is imperative to ensure both houses of parliament have a chance to weigh in on important legislation and agree on what the final text should be."
It's been nearly TWO YEARS since it's introduction. It is a common sense bill. In the meantime victims of sexual violence continue to see little to no justice in the court process, often leaving them feeling further victimized.
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