Courtwatch

This initiative is our version of CourtWatch – a way to gather insight, statistics, and information on the criminal legal system’s response to intimate partner violence. It’s important that the public has a real understanding of the inner workings of the criminal court process. It is also important to not only hold the perpetrator accountable, but also the system – including judges and lawyers for the role they play in the administration of justice in these instances.

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Criminal Law

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Toronto Police Board

Courtwatchers

Adam Helfand-Green, Ariel Weber, Jessica Cassell, Katrina Craparotta, Lillianne Cadieux-Shaw, Linda Johnson, Sana Haddad, Sara Press

Courtwatch

This initiative is our version of CourtWatch – a way to gather insight, statistics, and information on the criminal legal system’s response to intimate partner violence. It’s important that the public has a real understanding of the inner workings of the criminal court process. It is also important to not only hold the perpetrator accountable, but also the system – including judges and lawyers for the role they play in the administration of justice in these instances.

Portfolio

Criminal Law

Funder

Toronto Police

Courtwatchers

Adam Helfand-Green, Ariel Weber, Jessica Cassell, Katrina Craparotta, Lillianne Cadieux-Shaw, Linda Johnson, Sana Haddad, Sara Press

Our volunteers attend domestic violence trials where they monitor the behaviours, actions, and language of all members of the court, including the victim-witness and defendant, and report on our findings as objectively as possible.

“Still Unbalanced: Intimate Partner Violence and the Scales of Justice” is the report we developed based on the findings of our 2013-2014 CourtWatch initiative. Download the full report below.

Get Involved!

CourtWatch is open to any volunteer interested in documenting the criminal legal system as it relates to violence against women.