It has been almost 8 months after Bill C-10 was passed, and while the bill went into effect right away, we are still only seeing the unfolding of the bill in its entirety even until today. Many of the provisions in Bill C-10 were actually not enacted until last week.
On Tuesday, October 23, 2012, the government put into effect new measures to toughen treatment for violent young offenders. This has been one of more contentious issues, even disapproved by the United Nations, and involves requiring the Crown consider seeking adult sentences for violent youth criminals, requiring judges consider lifting a publication ban on those criminals’ names and making it easier to keep youth in custody while they await trial.
This emphasizes a general thought that youth offenders should be tried under the same laws as adult offenders. If this becomes the case, another provision of Bill C-10, that changing pardons with record suspensions, may again have to be amended so that even youth offenders would then require a record suspension for the sealing of their criminal record.
Bill C-10 introduced a great number of complex elements into the Canadian system, and it seems that although recently passed, a great amount of fluidity and ambiguity exists regarding many of the provisions -the new record suspension (formerly pardon) system only one of which.
If you have any questions regarding Bill C-10, record suspensions and pardons, or would like to start your application, feel free to call today at 1-800-298-5520.