Victim and Witness Services
4 Information About the Criminal Justice System
As a victim of crime, this may be your first encounter with the criminal justice system. You may have a variety of
questions about how the police lay charges, what is done during a preliminary hearing, a trial, or a sentencing
hearing, what parole entails, or what your role as a victim may be. The answers to these questions are available
on-line, and over the phone.
First and foremost, it is recommended that you read the Victim's Guide to
the Canadian Criminal Justice System. This on-line guide explains the operation
of the police and court systems in very easy to understand terms. The Guide
is published by the
Canadian Resource Center for Victims of Crime, and is available in PDF format
You may also contact the Victim Support Line (VSL). Through the VSL, victims may access a voice-recorded message which
explains the operation of the criminal justice system. The aim of this line is to help familiarize victims with the
justice system in order to lessen the fear that they may have about attending court.
The Criminal Justice System Information line is available by dialing toll-free 1-888-579-2888.
Step 5 Making Your Views Known
- Seek Immediate Medical and Police Aid
- Your Involvement with the Police
- Seek Advice and Ongoing Assistance
3.1 Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP)
3.2 Victim Support Line (VSL)
3.3 Sexual Assault / Rape
Crisis Centers (SAC)
3.4 Interval House
3.5 Emergency Legal Advice
3.7 Child Witnesses
- Information About the Criminal Justice System
- Making Your Views Known
- Going to Court
- The trial is finished, now what?
- The offender has become eligible for parole. What can I do?
CRIME STOPPER TIPS
FRAUDS AND SCAMS