Justice minister expected to change controversial victim surcharge law

The Liberals are moving towards changing the controversial mandatory victim surcharge brought in by the previous Conservative government, with the federal justice minister expected to introduce related amendments to the Criminal Code this week.
The coming changes are part of sweeping reforms to the criminal justice system – expected to include an overhaul of the tough-on-crime agenda championed by the Conservatives – that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tasked Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould with leading.
Valerie Gervais, a spokeswoman for Wilson-Raybould, provided no details, but those who have been watching the issue closely are expecting the amendments to restore at least some degree of discretion to judges.
“We can trust our judges to do the right thing,” said Anne London-Weinstein, president of the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa.
“They were doing it for years,” she said.
The federal victim surcharge was introduced in 1989 as a way to make offenders bear at least some …
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