Member of Parliament Christine Labrie describes the decision of the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP) as inconsistent and insists that the function of designated domestic violence prosecutor be quickly restored to Trois-Rivières.
Radio-Canada reported Thursday that despite the many recommendations made by an expert committee, the chief prosecutor of the judicial district of Trois-Rivières plans to abolish this function within her team.
The appointed prosecutor function, according to experts, established a bond of trust between the victim and the justice system.
In Trois-Rivières, Me Marie-Eve Paquet accompanied and personally met with each of the alleged victims before each step of the long and complex legal process.
The member for Québec solidaire Christine Labrie spent several months meeting victims and working with his government colleagues to produce a nearly 300-page report that explains how to better support these women.
“Recommendation 37 of the transpartisan report tabled by me and my colleagues in December goes as follows: Establish teams of prosecutors specializing in domestic violence across the province. However, in Trois-Rivières, the decision was recently made to abolish the function of designated prosecutor in matters of domestic violence. A decision barely explained, and inconsistent with recommended best practices. A decision which certainly constitutes a step backwards, as the speakers in the region have pointed out, and which goes against the principles and recommendations of our report. “
Radio-Canada has requested an interview with the Minister of Justice, Simon Jolin-Barrette. Madame Labrie hopes he will join his voice to his in asking the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions to reverse it.
“We are entitled to expect not only more detailed explanations of this decision, but a plan to restore this function. If it is the resources that the DPCP lacks to maintain the good practices developed in recent years and implement the recommendations, we must remedy them quickly, ”said the member for Québec solidaire.
The Minister of Justice, Simon Jolin-Barrette was not available to answer questions from Radio-Canada.
$ 180 million will be invested by Quebec within five years to put in place an action plan to step up efforts to prevent domestic violence and provide better support to victims. Minister Jolin-Barrette also wants to reform the compensation program for victims of crime, $ 193 million will be devoted to it.
“I don’t know if he was aware of this decision taken in Trois-Rivières, but I expect great sensitivity from him to ensure that we have designated prosecutors, because that is one of our recommendations, ”concluded Ms. Labrie.