Criminal Section Minutes 2007


Department of Justice Canada

Uniform Law Conference of Canada

Criminal Section 2007


The Department of Justice appreciates its ongoing involvement in the Uniform Law Conference of

Canada (ULCC). The expertise provided by the ULCC on a broad spectrum of emerging criminal law

issues greatly assists the Department of Justice in identifying the need for reform and informing the

development of options for reform.

The Department of Justice is engaged in consultation with provinces, territories and a wide range of stakeholders on a number of criminal justice issues. The ULCC Criminal Section is a key stakeholder, providing expert advice and a range of perspectives.

Senior officials of the Department of Justice, the Deputy Minister and the Minister of Justice are promptly briefed on the outcome of ULCC resolutions and of the various discussion papers and reports that are examined by the ULCC Criminal Section.

Resolutions passed by the ULCC do not always result in prompt legislative reform. There are several stages in the policy development and legislative process. For example, consultation with other stakeholders may be necessary and Charter consideration will be assessed. Most importantly, reforms proposing legislative amendments require approval of the federal Cabinet.

The Cabinet and Legislative agenda include initiatives from Ministers responsible for all federal departments. The Government has identified several priorities for law reform in addition to an ongoing commitment to improving the criminal law. While a number of criminal law reforms arising from ULCC resolutions continue to be examined on a regular basis by the Department of Justice, it is not possible to indicate whether a particular resolution will result in legislative amendments.

The 2006 Report provided the status of criminal law bills in the 38th Parliament (which ended on November 29, 2005) and those introduced in the first session of the 39th Parliament (which commenced in April 2006 and will end upon prorogation of Parliament, which is expected to occur in the near future). Several bills were tabled by the Minister of Justice over the past year. The current Report provides the status, as of September 4, 2007, of bills reported on in 2006 and of bills introduced since that time.

In addition, this Report includes information on several Private Members’ bills that seek to amend the criminal law as these should be of interest to delegates of the Criminal Section.

Note that Parliament is expected to prorogue following the Prime Minister’s September 4, 2007 announcement of his intention to recommend prorogation. As a result, if Parliament prorogues, several of the bills described below will die on the Order Paper upon prorogation. The status of the bills as of September 4, 2007 is also noted.

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