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Bar’s opinion is polarized on Alta. CA’s call for changes in sexual assault cases

Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 02:47 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

The Alberta Court of Appeal’s clarion call for changes to how Canadian courts instruct juries, apply the rape shield and otherwise handle sexual assault cases is seen by some as a “huge step forward” in fairness for complainants, particularly for Indigenous women, but others warn of the risk of wrongful convictions and jeopardy to accused’s fair trial rights.  

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