The Government of Canada has introduced new legislation aimed at modernizing and strengthening family justice—making it the first substantial update of Canada’s federal family laws in 20 years.
On May 22nd, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, introduced legislation that would amend three federal family laws: the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act (FOAEAA) and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act (GAPDA). The legislation has four key objectives: to promote the best interests children, address family violence, curb child poverty and make Canada’s family justice system more accessible and efficient.
Additional information on these new measures can be accessed here: https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/government-of-canada-announces-new-measures-to-strengthen-and-modernize-family-justice-683335701.html.
The Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family (CRILF) has published three reports that evaluate the Priority Prolific Offender Program (PPOP) over three years between 2012 and 2017.
The PPOP is an initiative by the Alberta Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General, in partnership with the Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The goal of the Program is to stop regular offenders from reoffending. It aims to do this in part through better collaboration among the groups that are involved in the Program. With improved collaboration, Crown Prosecutors will have complete, accurate and up-to-date information on prolific offenders and, support services and rehabilitation can be promoted to individuals who can benefit from these services.
The reports from the three-year evaluation provide valuable information as to the efficacy of the Program, its process and selection criteria, the satisfaction of stakeholders, staff insights, the Program’s social value and its impact on offenders’ behaviour.
Evaluations of Years 1, 2 and 3 of the Priority Prolific Offender Program can be accessed on the CRILF website here: http://www.crilf.ca/publications.htm.