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1st Session, 41st Parliament,
60 Elizabeth II, 2011
house of commons of canada
An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (victims' restitution and monetary awards for offenders)
1992, c. 20
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:
1. Section 3 of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act is amended by striking out “and” at the end of paragraph (a), by adding “and” at the end of paragraph (b) and by adding the following after paragraph (b):
(c) encouraging the accountability and responsibility of offenders, with a view to ensuring that their obligations to society are addressed.
2. The Act is amended by adding the following after section 78:
Monetary awards to offenders
78.1 (1) In view of the purpose of the federal correctional system referred to in paragraph 3(c), any monetary amount awarded to an offender by a court, pursuant to a legal action or proceeding, shall be paid by that court in equal shares to the following persons
(a) firstly, to every person whom a court has ordered to be paid any sum as part of a restitution order made against the offender;
(b) secondly, if there is no person described in paragraph (a), to every beneficiary of an unpaid spousal or child support award that has been made against the offender; and
(c) thirdly, if there is no person described in paragraph (a) or (b), to every beneficiary of a civil judgment against the offender.
(2) If there are no persons described in paragraphs (a), (b) or (c), the court shall pay out the monetary amount to a victims’ group or other group or organization with a special interest in matters relating to victims.
Published under authority of the Speaker of the House of Commons