A JOURNEY THROUGH THE CANADIAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
Instructor: Deanna Barwick Wall
Mondays Oct 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec 3
With the apprehension, prosecution, and defense of an accused charged with a criminal offense and if the accused is found not guilty at trial, that is the end of their involvement with our country's criminal law enforcement system. However, if convicted, the journey continues on to a sentencing phase, then probable incarceration as punishment or perhaps to an appeal, resulting in a new trial or a conviction being overturned. These six weeks will be based on a recent case and will cover one man's experience with the system. Issues covered include a discussion of each stage mentioned above as well as the legal rights of the accused, the responsibilities and roles of the prosecution, defense, judge and jury towards both the accused and the victim. We will also examine whether the administration of Canadian justice really is blindfolded, whether our system metes out equitable treatment to all, whether it is characterized by fairness regardless of an accused's age, social position or heritage. Paul Carignan, guest lecturer for a November session, will discuss Canada's Criminal Justice System's relationship to First Nations and Metis Canadians. His presentation will undoubtedly shed light on these important topical equity issues.