In the most recent Weekly Checklist
of federal government publications, the latest annual report by Justice Canada on applications for ministerial review in cases of possible miscarriages of justice
"Since 1892, the Minister of Justice has had the power, in one form or another, to review a criminal conviction under federal law to determine whether there may have been a miscarriage of justice. The current regime is set out in sections 696.1 – 696.6 of the Criminal Code."
"The conviction review process begins when a person submits an 'application for ministerial review (miscarriages of justice),' also known as a conviction review application. The application for ministerial review must be supported by new matters of significance — usually important new information or evidence that was not previously considered by the courts. If the Minister is satisfied that those matters provide a reasonable basis to conclude that a miscarriage of justice likely occurred, the Minister may grant the convicted person a remedy and return the case to the courts — either referring the case to a court of appeal to be heard as a new appeal or directing that a new trial be held. The Minister may also refer a question to the court of appeal in the appropriate province."
"Under section 696.5 of the Criminal Code, the Minister of Justice is required to submit an annual
report to Parliament regarding applications for ministerial review (miscarriages of justice) within
six months of the end of the fiscal year. This is the 12th annual report, and it covers the period
from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. Under the Regulations Respecting Applications for Ministerial Review — Miscarriages of Justice (the Regulations),the report must address the following matters:
- the number of applications for ministerial review made to the Minister;
- the number of applications that have been abandoned or that are incomplete;
- the number of applications that are at the preliminary assessment stage;
- the number of applications that are at the investigation stage;
- the number of decisions that the Minister has made; and
- any other information that the Minister considers appropriate."
The Weekly Checklist includes a listing of titles made available by the Parliament of Canada, federal departments, and Statistics Canada to the Depository Services Program for distribution to a network of Depository Libraries in Canada and abroad.
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