Navigating the Canadian Criminal Justice System: A Guide for Victims

Navigating the Canadian Criminal Justice System: A Guide for Victims is directly informed and updated by victims and survivors to help demystify the criminal justice process for other Canadian victims of crime. All of the questions within this document were brought to our attention by individuals who were navigating the “system”. In publishing and continually updating this guide, we hope to simplify the criminal justice system for victims, so that they are better equipped to address many aspects of the system that can be overwhelming for those who do not deal with it on a regular basis.

This guide is also meant to be a helpful tool for professionals and volunteers providing services to victims and survivors. It answers for service providers specific questions that victims may have as they navigate the criminal justice system. Pieces of information may be repeated within the guide. This is intentional, as it will allow an individual to have specific questions answered without reading the document in its entirety.