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    7 The trial is finished. Now what?

    Following a trial, there are three possible outcomes.
    1. The offender is found to be not guilty of the crime.
    2. The offender is found guilty, and given a fine and/or conditions.
    3. The offender is found guilty, and is incarcerated (jail sentence).
    7.1 The offender is found to be not guilty of the crime
    If the offender is found not guilty of the crime, he or she is immediately released. If you still fear the offender's presence, or an act of retaliation, you may apply to the court for a protection order that requires the offender to maintain a certain distance from you. Call a Justice of the Peace at: 267-2021.

    7.2 The offender is found guilty, and given a fine and/or conditions
    If the offender is found guilty, he or she may be ordered to pay fine to the court, and also to abide by certain conditions. These conditions are decided upon by the judge, and may be in effect for many years. Typical conditions may include:
    • Abstaining from the possession or consumption of alcohol or drugs.
    • Abstaining from the possession of weapons and firearms.
    • Orders not to associate with persons who have a criminal record, or other persons as named by the court.
    • Orders not to attend a certain residence, business, street or area as specified by the court; etc.
    If the offender is found to be in violation of any of the conditions given to him/her by the court, he/she may be arrested and charged for violation of those conditions.

    If you still fear an offender's presence, or an act of retaliation, you may apply to the court for a protection order that requires the offender to maintain a certain distance from you. Call a Justice of the Peace at: (613) 267-2021.

    7.3 The offender is found guilty, and is incarcerated (sentenced to jail) As a victim of a violent offender, you may receive updates about the offender's incarceration status. For example, you can request information about the date and length of an offender's sentence, dates of the offender's parole eligibility, and the probable date of the offender's release.

    There are two ways to receive this information.

    Provincially Incarcerated Offenders
    If the offender was sent to a provincial institution to serve his / her sentence, you must contact the Ministry of the Attorney General's Victim Support Line (VSL). Victims who register with the VSL will receive automated voice messages by phone any time there is a change in the release status of the offender. Register by dialing 1-888-579-2888.

    Federally Incarcerated Offenders
    If the offender was sent to a federal prison to serve his / her sentence, you must contact the Correctional Service of Canada. Inform the staff that you are a victim of a crime, and that you would like to receive ongoing information about a particular offender. Contact the Correction Service of Canada by dialing 1-800-267-0354.

    Step 8 The offender has become eligible for parole. What can I do?


    1. Seek Immediate Medical and Police Aid
    2. Your Involvement with the Police
    3. 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
      3.6 Compensation
      3.7 Child Witnesses
    4. Information About the Criminal Justice System
    5. Making Your Views Known
    6. Going to Court
    7. The trial is finished, now what?
    8. The offender has become eligible for parole. What can I do?
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