Justice minister to participate in victims' rights discussion

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Peter MacKay. — Telegram file photo

Justice Minister Peter MacKay is in Newfoundland and Labrador today where he’s scheduled to participate in a roundtable discussion in St. John’s on a victims’ bill of rights.

The discussion is one of a series he has held since recently becoming justice minister.

MacKay has said the government plans to table its bill in the House of Commons this fall.

He says the legislation will put victims’ rights into law, giving them a louder voice in the justice system.

MacKay is a former Crown prosecutor and was appointed attorney general and minister of justice last month in a cabinet shuffle.

Shortly after his appointment, he said throughout his legal career he has seen how victims are sometimes poorly served by the courts.

Telegram James McLeod will be covering MacKay's visit. More will be posted on The Telegram website this afternoon.

Organizations: House of Commons

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Poorly served?????
    August 26, 2013 - 13:06

    How about not served?? How many have been assaulted, to watch the dirtbag released to do it again? How many stores have been held up to see the dirtbag released to do it again? How many victims have had property damaged or stolen and the dirtbag is released, without having to replace or repair the property? To put them in jail, you need 5 witnesses to see them doing the damage. Then you need time off work to go to court and hope the judge is sensible.