The Conservative government's push to embed victims rights deeply into the Canadian justice system is turning out to be more complex than expected.
CBC News reports the government has extended the consultation period for its victims bill of rights legislation by two months to allow for more comments.
The Department of Justice web site on the bill says the deadline for online public consultation expires Sept. 3.
The proposed legislation would greatly expand the participation of victims at all phases of a case and entrench their role in law, instead of leaving it a matter of policy.
Changes are welcomed by victims-rights advocates but just who would administer and pay for the new regime is at issue.
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CBC News said Sue O'Sullivan, the federal ombudsman for victims of crime, has tabled 30 recommendations, including measures to enforce restitution orders and legal support for victims as a case proceeds through the courts, andRead More »from Complex victims’ rights bill puts advocates at odds