|Victims of an offence and their families whose offence|
are investigated or proceeded with under the
Code of Service Discipline
are excluded from the protection
of the Victims Bill of Rights
In an address to the House of Commons on February 20, 2015 the Minister of Justice, the Hon. Peter Mackay, noted that this Bill had been a top priority of the government, putting victims at the very epicentre of the justice system. The Bill received Royal Assent on April 3, 2015.
Inexplicably, this Bill applies only to victims of an offence and their families in their interactions with the civil criminal justice system. Section 18(c) of the Bill, which reads as follows, excludes members of the military who are victims of an offence that is investigated or proceeded with under the National Defence Act.
18 (3) This Act does not apply in respect of offences that are service offences, as defined in subsection 2(1) of the National Defence Act, that are investigated or proceeded with under that Act.