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CJC ‘very hopeful’ Senate will heed red flags judiciary raised about judicial training

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 7:14 AM | By Cristin Schmitz

The Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) has turned down Sen. Kim Pate’s request to particularize how federal judges are trained to handle sexual assault cases — but the powerful council of 39 chief justices says it remains “very hopeful” that the Senate will fix a judicial training bill opposed by the judicial branch.

Norman Sabourin, the CJC’s executive director and senior general counselEarlier this year, the Conservative-sponsored Judicial Accountability through Sexual Assault Law Training Act (Bill C-337) flew through the Commons with rare unanimous approval for its new...