Putting Trials on Trial
Sexual Assault and the Failure of the Legal ProfessionBook - 2018
In Canada, it is estimated that 90 per cent of sexual assaults are not reported and that less than 1 per cent of perpetrators will receive any form of legal sanction. Following the scandals of the Jian Ghomeshi trial and former justice Robin Camp's remark that a complainant should have kept her "knees together," sexual assault court cases and the conduct of judges and defense counsel have been thrown into the spotlight. In this thorough evaluation of the legal culture and courtroom practices prevalent in sexual assault litigation, Elaine Craig provides an account of the ways in which the legal profession unnecessarily--and sometimes unlawfully--contributes to the trauma and re-victimization experienced by those who testify as sexual assault complainants. Gathering conclusive evidence from interviews with experienced lawyers across Canada, reported case law, lawyer memoirs, recent trial transcripts, and defence lawyers' public statements and commercial advertisements Putting Trials on Trial demonstrates that--despite prominent contestations--complainants are regularly subjected to abusive, humiliating, and discriminatory treatment when they turn to the law to respond to violations of their sexual integrity. Dealing not only with the practices and perspectives of defence lawyers but also the role of Crown attorneys and trial judges, the book further examines how the legal profession can better respond to, and remedy, some of the factors that make sexual assault proceedings distressing for complainants.
Publisher: Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: 345.71402532 CRA 2018
Characteristics: xi, 307 pages ; 24 cm