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MPs heed defence bar’s warning that compelling defence disclosure in sex assault cases violates Charter

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 @ 7:38 AM | By Cristin Schmitz

Members of the defence bar who warn that imposing unprecedented new disclosure requirements on people accused of sexual assault is unconstitutional say MPs appeared receptive to their suggestions for improving Bill C-51.

Toronto criminal lawyer Megan SavardThis week the Commons Justice Committee is examining Bill C-51’s proposed expansion of the rape shield and creation of other restrictions on the admissibility of evidence in sexual assault cases. Advocates for women’s rights and other potential supporters of the bill were testifying later today, but members of the organized...