Some Alberta lawyers ignoring Gladue responsibilities says Indigenous advocate

 

An Indigenous woman who works with people charged with non-violent crimes says many people charged with an offence are not being informed about their rights to have a Gladue report written on their behalf.

A Gladue report is the story of a person’s life and is presented to the court to help a judge seek alternative forms of justice rather than sending the person to jail or prison.

Its name comes from a case that went before the Supreme Court of Canada in 1999.

But nearly 20 years after that ruling, lawyers are still not following the law.

Video Journalist / Edmonton

Chris Stewart has been in the media for 20 years. He has worked at CBC, Global and CTV as a news camera operator and editor. Chris joined APTN in 2012 in the Saskatoon Bureau and moved to APTN Edmonton bureau in 2015 as a Videojournalist.


6 thoughts on “Some Alberta lawyers ignoring Gladue responsibilities says Indigenous advocate

  1. Its a Supreme Court right that needs to be respected and adhered to but I agree most Lawyers are ignoring, waiving etc that right for their clients due to the excuse it will take too long for a Gladue report to be done…that is absolute nonsense…I work in the courts everyday in central alberta and I see it firsthand…we need the Justice system to wake up and acknowledge our right to use the Gladue report…

  2. Its a Supreme Court right that needs to be respected and adhered to but I agree most Lawyers are ignoring, waiving etc that right for their clients due to the excuse it will take too long for a Gladue report to be done…that is absolute nonsense…I work in the courts everyday in central alberta and I see it firsthand…we need the Justice system to wake up and acknowledge our right to use the Gladue report…

  3. Wow, well said, It is true, i know people who weren’t offered the Gladue Report along with bail, or bail plans. lawyers don’t help much, unless you have money.
    A persons rights have to be explained Properly, we all don’t know Legal Terms and what can happen…..

  4. Wow, well said, It is true, i know people who weren’t offered the Gladue Report along with bail, or bail plans. lawyers don’t help much, unless you have money.
    A persons rights have to be explained Properly, we all don’t know Legal Terms and what can happen…..

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