Committing to Justice: The Case for Impact of Race and Culture Assessments in Sentencing African Canadians and Their Affect in Animal Cruelty Cases
Date & Time
Saturday, November 6, 2021, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Dr. Maria Dugas Janine Kidd

Canadian judges have begun to recognize the unique conditions of Black Canadians in sentencing processes and decision-making through the use of Impact of Race and Cultural Assessments (IRCAs). Currently in use across Nova Scotia, with the approval of federal funding for IRCAs, other jurisdictions will start to see these reports. In this presentation, Professor Maria Dugas, Assistant Professor at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University will review what IRCAs are, why they are necessary, and the current state of the law. Professor Dugas will be joined by Janine Kidd, Senior Crown Attorney, Nova Scotia, who will present a case study, R. v. A.J, (a Sentencing Hearing for an Animal Cruelty Offence with an IRCA). Janine will We will review the facts of the offence, the circumstances of the offender, the IRCA report, what the Crown considered when arriving at its sentencing position, and what sentence was imposed.

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