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Bill C-75’s ‘intimate partner’ language could slow bail, draw out trials, lawyer says

Friday, April 06, 2018 @ 9:20 AM | By Terry Davidson

“Intimate partner” provisions in proposed changes to domestic violence laws will bog down an already sluggish criminal justice system, says a voice for lawyers as the federal government explores sweeping reforms to the Criminal Code.

The comments come following the March 29 tabling of Bill C-75, legislation that would include modernizing the Code’s language by using “intimate partner” to replace “spouse” and “common law partner” when it comes to courts dealing with domestic assault offences.

The move is meant to bring dating partners into the fold...