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Status: Bill introduced March 30, 2022
Ministries responsible: Justice and Solicitor General, Culture and Status of Women

Overview

Bill 14, the Provincial Court Amendment Act, would reduce the risk of victims of sexual violence being re-victimized during trials and ensure that all people who come into the courtroom are treated respectfully and fairly.

If passed, Bill 14 will require provincial court judge applicants to complete sexual assault law and social context issues education to be eligible for appointment.

This education would foster stronger confidence in the administration of justice and encourage more reporting of sexual assaults and potentially greater engagement in the justice system by victims, Indigenous Peoples, and people from minority and vulnerable populations.

The federal government and Prince Edward Island have legislation requiring judicial candidates to agree to complete this type of education after appointment. Manitoba also introduced similar legislation in November 2021.

Key changes

If passed, Bill 14 will:

  • require provincial court judge applicants to complete sexual assault law and social context issues education
  • require candidates on the appointment eligibility list when the amendments come into effect to complete the education or promise to complete it after appointment

Next steps

If passed, Bill 14 will take effect upon proclamation.

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