Bill C-75, which aimed to modernize the criminal justice system and reduce court delays in judicial proceedings, received Royal Assent on June 21st.
This new law includes two of the amendments proposed by the CACP. Congratulations to the CACP Law Amendments Committee for their successful efforts in getting the new hybrid offences that could have been excluded for a DNA Order now listed as secondary offences. This means that it does not matter which way the Crown elects, the offences are still eligible for DNA collection from the convicted offender. They also succeeded in obtaining the ICA amendment to section 2(1)(a) which allows for fingerprinting on an accused person in lawful custody charged with or convicted of an indictable offence, including hybrid offences prosecuted by summary conviction.