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CLA says post-trial mental health support for jurors should extend also to defence counsel

Thursday, February 01, 2018 @ 7:18 AM | By Cristin Schmitz

Grisly images of people being murdered, tortured, or sexually abused are the stuff of nightmares and, unfortunately, also of criminal trials.

Now the Commons Justice Committee is examining, for the first time, how Ottawa and the provinces can assist jurors whose psyches are scarred by what they see and hear during criminal and other proceedings.

Since November, MPs have been studying what counselling and other mental health supports exist, which vary greatly from province to province. They aim to make recommendations to ensure that all jurors...