The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights agreed to undertake a study of counselling and other mental health supports for jurors.
Knowledge of the stress experienced by jurors in Canada is very limited. This is the first time a committee of Parliament will investigate this important question. The objective of the study is to identify the various sources of stress arising at every stage of jury duty – from the selection of prospective jurors to serving on a jury and taking part in deliberations – in order to propose concrete recommendations and ensure that all jurors have access to necessary psychological support services. The Committee also aims to identify, document and share best practices in the field.
Members of the Committee plan to hear as many individuals and groups as possible, including former jurors, people who were called for jury duty but were not selected, members of the legal profession and experts on post-traumatic stress disorder.
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