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