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Restoring victims to their rightful place at the heart of our justice system

June 15, 2015

OTTAWA – Today the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence, introduced legislation to provide victims within the military justice system with the same rights as those contained within the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights.

It builds upon the Government’s commitment to give victims of offences a more effective voice within Canada’s justice systems and would create clear statutory rights for victims of service offences within the military justice system.

This proposed legislation would ensure that victims of service offences within the military justice system have the same rights to information, protection, participation and restitution that are already enshrined in the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights and makes changes to the Canadian Armed Forces’ court martial and summary trial processes to enable victims of service offences to exercise their rights.

The proposed amendments to the National Defence Act will further enable the military justice system to fulfill its essential mandate of supporting the Canadian Armed Forces’ operational effectiveness, while meeting the expectations of Canadians by contributing to the rule of law and to a just and safe society.

Quick Facts

  • The Victims Rights in the Military Justice System Act reinforces Canada’s position as a global leader in the development of a fair and effective military justice system with broad statutory rights for victims of service offences.

  • This legislation is the result of a longstanding Government commitment: the Minister of Justice announced on April 9, 2014, that the Canadian Armed Forces would develop options to incorporate victims’ rights within the military justice system in a manner that mirrors the effect of the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights within the civilian criminal justice system.

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“The Victims Rights in the Military Justice System Act is part of our Government’s continued commitment to provide victims with the respect and fairness they deserve.”

Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence

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lauren.armstrong2@forces.gc.ca

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