Home
About Us
Archive
RCMP News
Mugshots
FAQ
Contact Us
Whats New
 

 

Justice is silent when those with the power to act against evil do nothing...'Dead Air' by Bob Larson

*
*
Home
LINE
About Us
LINE
Archive
LINE
RCMP News
LINE
Mugshots
LINE
FAQ
LINE
Contact Us
LINE
What's New
spacer*

*
 
Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the new Youth Criminal Justice Act?
  2. Where are the mugshots?
  3. How often is court?
  4. How can I become a CourtWatch member?
  5. Does PR CourtWatch take contributions?

What is the new Youth Criminal Justice Act?

On February 4, 2002, Parliament passed Bill C-7, the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCIA). The new law replaces the Young Offenders Act (YOA), and went into force on April 1, 2003.

It introduces sweeping changes to the way in which the criminal justice system deals with young persons.

For more information, please see the Department of Justice website for information on the new act.

Or view .pdf file: YCJA

Back to Top

Where are the mugshots?

We are as frustrated as you and are continually asking the RCMP this question. We are told they are working on 'standardizing' the system of providing mugshots. It sounds as though they're stumped with red tape/ bureaucracy. Contact the Powell River RCMP and let them know we want mugshots!

Back to Top

How often is court?

Provincial Criminal Court is held usually every Wednesday beginning at 9:30am. Supreme Criminal Court at 10:00am 12 months a year when scheduled.

Back to Top

How can I become a CourtWatch member?

CourtWatchers are made up of neutral, non-victim volunteers who represent a cross section of the community. They come from a variety of backgrounds: mostly retired. One goal is to evaluate Powell River’s justice system from the public’s point of view. It was felt our justice system needed more input from the community it serves. Another goal of the program is to observe that ALL parties are treated fairly: the victim, the witness, and the defendant..

Volunteers are screened and given a trial observation session in court with a volunteer.  The background and foundation of CourtWatch is presented, then they are instructed to maintain an impartial attitude and not display emotions in the courtroom. They are trained in proper courtroom etiquette, emphasizing courtesy and open-mindedness.

Throughout the period of volunteering, continuing education workshop meetings are held. The purpose of these meetings is to reinforce the goals of the program, to iron out the flaws, to further educate the CourtWatchers and to share information that would improve their efforts. Special speakers are invited to further inform the volunteers.

Contact us by email or use the comment form if you are interested in becoming a CourtWatch member.

Back to Top

Does PR CourtWatch take contributions?

Those of us involved in non-profit organizations know the vital role that contributors play in keeping our programs running smoothly and successfully. If you are interested in donating to the cause of PR CourtWatch contact us via email or send your contribution to:

Powell River Court Watch
Town Centre Mall Unit #65
7100 Alberni Street
Powell River, BC  V8A5K9

Back to Top

Home
About Us Archive
RCMP News
Mugshots
FAQ Contact Us
What's New