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A federal bill that includes the opinion of victims in the publication ban decision process and which amends the operation of the National Sex Offender Registry has received Royal Assent.
New law requires judges to ask prosecutors whether they have sought victim input when seeking a restraining order -publication.
It also stipulates that victims' preferences regarding receiving information relating to their case after the conviction of a offender are recorded in the file.
The legislation also adds new entries to the list of offenses that could result in a person being placed on the register, including non-consensual sharing of intimate images and sextortion.
What's more, the law changes the criteria by which sex offenders are automatically placed on the registry, in response to a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States. last year.
This change comes a year after the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional to add everyone convicted of sex crimes to that list and struck down parts of the Criminal Code which related to it.
From now on, repeat sex offenders and people considered serious sex offenders against children will be automatically placed on the list, but others will be able to avoid being included on the list if they demonstrate that #x27;they do not represent a risk to the community.
The bill, born in the Senate under the name Bill S-12 , was adopted in the House of Commons on Wednesday evening and received royal assent on Thursday.
The former Bill S-12 allows to give victims a better voice in our criminal justice system and improve the effectiveness of the National Sex Offender Registry, Justice Minister Arif Virani said in a statement released Thursday evening.
< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Together, these amendments strengthen our justice system by ensuring that victims and survivors are protected, their rights are respected and their voices are heard. heard, he added.