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House Government Bill
42nd Parliament, 1st Session
December 3, 2015 - Present
Text of the Bill
C-28
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An Act to amend the Criminal Code (victim surcharge)
Last Stage Completed
Introduction and First Reading in the House of Commons (2016-10-21)
Progress:
 
Legislative Summary
A legislative summary is currently being prepared for this bill by the Parliamentary Information and Research Service of the Library of Parliament. Meanwhile, the following executive summary is available.

On 21 October 2016, Minister of Justice introduced Bill C-28, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (victim surcharge), in the House of Commons and it was given first reading.

Bill C-28 amends the victim surcharge provisions in the Criminal Code to

• allow the court to exempt an offender from the payment of a victim surcharge in cases where the offender satisfies the court that the payment would cause the offender undue hardship and to provide the court with guidance with respect to what constitutes undue hardship;

• provide that a victim surcharge is to be paid for each offence, with an exception for certain administration of justice offences if the total amount of surcharges imposed on an offender for these types of offences would be disproportionate in the circumstances;

• require courts to provide reasons for the application of any exception for certain administration of justice offences or any exemption from the payment of a victim surcharge; and

• clarify that these amendments apply to any offender who is sentenced after the day on which the amendments come into force, regardless of whether or not the offence was committed before that day.
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