36 feminist and equality-seeking groups from across Canada, including Luke’s Place, endorsed the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) brief submitted to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Bill C-5 – An Act to Amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code.
“Two foundational constitutional values inform this legislation. One, mentioned in the preamble, is judicial independence. The second, not named in the preamble, but implicit in its provisos, is equality for women.” The submitted brief makes 5 recommendations for amendments to Bill C-5.
“These amendments clarify precisely the constitutional values at issue. They make explicit the women’s equality rights implicated by the continuing failure of the criminal justice system to respond appropriately to sexual assault. They clearly identify the objectives of the legislation and the importance of enhancing women’s trust in the administration of justice. They make it more likely that the legislation will achieve that goal in a manner consistent with judicial independence by connecting the legislation to current best practices in judicial education. Finally, our recommendations acknowledge the complexity and importance of this work. A careful, complete and collaborative effort is essential. Only additional arms-length funding will make that possible.”
Learn more about the submitted brief here: https://nawl.ca/bill-c-5/
Learn more about NAWL here: https://nawl.ca/.