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As part of ongoing legal policy work, the Department of Justice Canada contracted with Kelly Sears Consulting Group to conduct an extensive review of international models used to determine child support amounts. The overall purpose of the research was to review and analyze child support models with a focus on how selected issues are addressed. The jurisdictions included in this study were: the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, and the American states of Wisconsin, Delaware, Illinois, and Vermont. The objectives of this study were to:

Summarize the research completed by the Department of Justice Canada in the 1990s.

Last Updated: Nov. 16, 2022
Date Published: Nov. 15, 2022
Organization: Department of Justice Canada
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Keywords:  Policy, Child Support, International, Researche
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This public opinion research report presents the results of a review of scientific literature, individual interviews with Canadian and international researchers as well as representatives of Canada’s provincial and territorial governments, and a group interview with members of the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, conducted by the Université de Sherbrooke on behalf of the Department of Justice Canada. Interviews were conducted between June 2021 to July 2021, and then from November 2021 to March 2022.

Last Updated: Nov. 15, 2022
Date Published: Aug. 1, 2022
Organization: Department of Justice Canada
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Keywords:  Elder abuse, victims
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These fact sheets are based on data from the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (CCJS) Juristat Police-reported crime statistics in Canada, 2016, 2017, 2020.

Last Updated: Nov. 15, 2022
Date Published: Mar. 3, 2019
Organization: Department of Justice Canada
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Keywords:  Statistics, Cannabis, Drug laws, Offences, Youth
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Child Advocacy Centres (CACs) and Child and Youth Advocacy Centres (CYACs)Footnote1 arose out of a need to reduce stress placed on child/youth victims during sexual abuse investigations. Previously, a lack of coordination between social services and the criminal justice system meant victims were interviewed multiple times by different agencies, often by people untrained in child development. CACs have been developed to create a safe place for child victims and their non-offending caregivers. They feature child friendly spaces, a multidisciplinary team approach with police, social services, victim advocates, and medical personnel working together as well as victim advocacy and support.

Last Updated: Nov. 3, 2022
Date Published: Jan. 1, 2018
Organization: Department of Justice Canada
Formats: PDF HTML
Keywords:  Children, Family law, Child Advocacy Centres
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In consultation and cooperation with Indigenous and provincial and territorial partners, Justice Canada is developing an Indigenous Justice Strategy to address systemic discrimination and the overrepresentation of Indigenous people in the justice system.
In the spirit of reconciliation, and out of respect for Indigenous rights to self-determination, Justice Canada recognizes that the development of an Indigenous Justice Strategy must be informed by First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
Working closely with Indigenous partners on the development of an Indigenous Justice Strategy will be an opportunity to inform and put in place effective and concrete measures, informed by the lived experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis, to improve Canada’s justice system.
The Indigenous Justice Strategy will be developed in five phases.

Last Updated: Oct. 25, 2022
Date Published: Oct. 17, 2022
Organization: Department of Justice Canada
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Keywords:  Indigenous Justice, Indigenous overrepresentation, Systemic Discrimination, Reconciliation
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Section 4.2 of the Department of Justice Act requires the Minister of Justice to prepare a Charter Statement for every government bill to help inform public and Parliamentary debate on government bills. One of the Minister of Justice’s most important responsibilities is to examine legislation for inconsistency with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms [“the Charter”]. By tabling a Charter Statement, the Minister is sharing some of the key considerations that informed the review of a bill for inconsistency with the Charter. A Statement identifies Charter rights and freedoms that may potentially be engaged by a bill and provides a brief explanation of the nature of any engagement, in light of the measures being proposed.

Last Updated: Oct. 25, 2022
Date Published: Oct. 17, 2022
Organization: Department of Justice Canada
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Keywords:  Charter Statement, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Department of Justice, Canada's System of Justice, Justice Canada Publications, 44th Parliament: 1st Session
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Section 4.2 of the Department of Justice Act requires the Minister of Justice to prepare a Charter Statement for every government bill to help inform public and Parliamentary debate on government bills. One of the Minister of Justice’s most important responsibilities is to examine legislation for inconsistency with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms [“the Charter”]. By tabling a Charter Statement, the Minister is sharing some of the key considerations that informed the review of a bill for inconsistency with the Charter. A Statement identifies Charter rights and freedoms that may potentially be engaged by a bill and provides a brief explanation of the nature of any engagement, in light of the measures being proposed.

Last Updated: Oct. 24, 2022
Date Published: Oct. 6, 2022
Organization: Department of Justice Canada
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Keywords:  Charter Statement, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Department of Justice, Canada's System of Justice, Justice Canada Publications, 44th Parliament: 1st Session
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The Department of Justice supports the Attorney General as a chief law officer of the Crown both in terms of the ongoing operations of the government as well as the development of new policies, programs and services for Canadians to support the Government's priorities.

The Department provides an integrated suite of common legal advisory, litigation, legislative and regulatory drafting services to the government through: a network of 42 departmental legal services units (DLSUs) and 4 departmental regulations sections, which are co-located with client departments and agencies and organized along five portfolios - Aboriginal Affairs; Business and Regulatory law; Central Agencies; Public Safety, Defence and Immigration; and Tax Law Services; specialized legal capacities within national headquarters, including the Litigation Branch, the Legislative Services Branch, and the Public law Section which are organized into the Justice Portfolio; and a network of regional offices and sub-offices providing local level services to federal departments and agencies in the North, British Columbia, the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec, and the Atlantic provinces.

The Department is committed to providing high-quality services to support government. As one of a series of ongoing initiatives to support this commitment to service quality, a standardized approach to obtaining client feedback on legal services was implemented in 2006.

Last Updated: Oct. 20, 2022
Date Published: Aug. 1, 2009
Organization: Department of Justice Canada
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Keywords:  Department of Justice, Access to Information, Legal Services, Departmental Results
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In recent academic, professional and media conversations regarding pre-trial detention in Canada, a new expression has been taking shape. Specifically, an increasing number of people have claimed that “Bail is Broken” in this country. It is likely safe to assume that the generic reference to ‘bail’ in this context refers not only to the bail process (i.e. the criminal procedure of determining whether an accused detained by the police will be released or formally detained until trial) but also to remand (i.e.

Last Updated: Sep. 27, 2022
Date Published: Jun. 1, 2015
Organization: Department of Justice Canada
Formats: PDF HTML
Keywords:  access to justice, Indigenous justice, restorative justice, Victims
Federal

The National Justice Survey is an annual public opinion research survey conducted to explore Canadians’ perceptions and knowledge of justice-related issues. Findings from the survey are used to inform policy development, public engagement, and communications.

Last Updated: Sep. 26, 2022
Date Published: Jul. 19, 2017
Organization: Department of Justice Canada
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Keywords:  Applied Research, Legal services, Surveys, Annual reports, Justice system
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