It is now the turn of the city of Sherbrooke to have its specialized court for cases of sexual and domestic violence, announced Monday, the Minister of Justice, Simon Jolin-Barrette, passing through Estrie.
The seventh of its kind to be launched, this pilot project aims to better respond to the needs and realities of victims who file complaints. The goal is therefore to better support victims and restore their confidence in the judicial process.
“With the specialized court, we want to offer victims all the support and support they need, from the beginning to the end of their legal journey. We reiterate it once again: we no longer want victims in Quebec to hesitate to report and file a complaint,” said Minister Jolin-Barrette in a press release.
The Crime Victims Assistance Center and the Office of the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions will be able to count on additional resources as part of the pilot project.
Each year, there are on average more than 500 cases of sexual or domestic violence that are processed at the Sherbrooke courthouse.
Specialized courts throughout Quebec
Recall that at the beginning of the year, in January, the government announced the start of a first series of pilot projects for a court specializing in sexual or domestic violence, including one in Granby.
"We reiterate, our goal is for the specialized court to be established permanently throughout Quebec as quickly as possible," said the Minister of Justice at the time.
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