SUMMARY TRIALS ARE ABOLISHED
VICTIMS' RIGHTS ARE NOW RECOGNIZED
REMAINING PROVISIONS OF BILL C-15 WILL BE IN FORCE ON 1 SEP 2018
- UNCONDITIONAL DISCHARGE etc. Introducing unconditional discharge, intermittent sentences and restitution orders as punishments available at court martial. A court martial will be also be able to absolve an accused convicted of an offense for which there is no minimum sentence or a maximum sentence of 14 years and over.
- INTERMITTENT SENTENCES. The court martial will now be able to order an offender to serve his sentence intermittently. This may enable a reservist from serving his sentence while maintaining his civilian job.
- RESTITUTION ORDERS. The court martial will now be able to impose restitution orders, obliging an offender to compensate a victim in cases of material, bodily and psychological damages suffered.
- IMPACT STATEMENTS. Victims will be able to prepare and read impact statements which shall be considered in sentencing.
- CIVIL LIMITATION PERIODS. The statutory limitation period for bringing an action against the Department of National Defence will be extended from six months to two years.