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Requiring written reasons in sex assault cases will add to court delays, CBA warns

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 3:26 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

A private member’s bill that would mandate training in sexual assault law for would-be judges, along with written reasons in sexual assault cases, has “laudable” aims but would add to court delays if passed, warns the Canadian Bar Association (CBA).

Parliament is considering Bill C-337, Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose’s private member’s bill introduced Feb. 23, that is under study this month by the Commons Status of Women Committee.

In addition to making sexual assault law training mandatory for the hundreds of lawyers who apply each...