Justice Minister David Lametti appears before the committee to discuss Bill C-5, an Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code. If passed, the bill would make newly appointed provincial superior court judges receive training on sexual assault law and social context. The bill would also require the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) to report on the participation of all superior court judges in sexual assault law education, and would ensure judges provide reasons on the record for how they rule in sexual assault cases.
Also appearing before the committee on the first panel are the CJC’s J. Michael MacDonald and the National Judicial Institute’s Adèle Kent. Appearing alongside the minister on the second panel are the Department of Justice’s Nancy Othmer and Stephen Zaluski.