Getting fair outcomes for victims in Canada’s criminal justice system

In August 2017 the Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime launched a national engagement process to hear from those with lived experiences of victimization, victim service providers, victim advocacy organizations, and other victims’ issues experts about how Canada could better support victims and survivors of crime.

The engagement was undertaken in response to the Government of Canada’s commitment to reviewing the criminal justice system, with the intention of providing timely, relevant and informed options to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada for how to transform federal laws, legislation, services and policies. The engagement focused on areas of interest to the Government, such as: bail reform, administration of justice offences and restorative justice; as well as on the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights (An Act for the Recognition of Victims Rights).

The following documents present what was heard, along with research, best practices and options for change.

The Office would like to thank all of those who contributed to this project.

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