Victims of sexual assault and domestic violence are often reluctant to file a complaint against their abuser. These women and men fear the long and often trying process of the justice system. Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette wants to change things.
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It therefore complies with the report of a committee of experts which made 190 recommendations to better meet the needs of victims.
The Minister of Justice is setting up a group that will work to create a special tribunal to respond to complaints from victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
This group will be made up of members of the Court of Quebec, the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions, the Ministère de la Sécurité publique, the Commission des services juridiques and the Ministère de la Justice.
“We want to make sure we see how we can set up this specialized tribunal. […] We want the justice system to be better adapted to the victims, ”said Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette. “When the victim is ready to denounce, we will be with him.”
A special chamber at the Court of Quebec will ideally be created to hear specific cases of sexual assault. Prosecutors specializing in criminal and penal prosecutions will pilot these cases, Minister Jolin-Barrette said.
The report to which the working group formed by Minister Jolin-Barrette will refer is the result of a transpartisan approach initiated by the four political parties in the National Assembly in the wake of the #Moiaussi movement.