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  • Jess
    February 07, 2014 - 12:36

    This is a huge problem for thousands of Canadians. Police forces love to collect non conviction data that can and will cause problems in background checks. It's time there was legislation for mandatory destruction of ALL non conviction data currently warehoused throughout the country. The police have the ability to ruin a person's life through criminal records even though a person is innocent. Any and all contact with police is permanently on police files, court files, and other investigative databases and there are few rules and little accountability. Once a person is found not guilty or a charge is withdrawn, stayed, or dismissed, then ALL information relating to the alleged offence should be permanently destroyed.

  • Jess
    February 07, 2014 - 12:36

    This is a huge problem for thousands of Canadians. Police forces love to collect non conviction data that can and will cause problems in background checks. It's time there was legislation for mandatory destruction of ALL non conviction data currently warehoused throughout the country. The police have the ability to ruin a person's life through criminal records even though a person is innocent. Any and all contact with police is permanently on police files, court files, and other investigative databases and there are few rules and little accountability. Once a person is found not guilty or a charge is withdrawn, stayed, or dismissed, then ALL information relating to the alleged offence should be permanently destroyed.

  • Jane
    July 05, 2013 - 13:32

    My boyfriend was falsely accused of abusing his child 10 years ago. He was never found guilty (the charge was dropped) but that did not stop child services from spending 3 months trying to convince me that he abused his child. We've all heard the stories of false accusations ruining peoples lives, and this is the root of it all right here.

  • Steve Redgrave
    Steve Redgrave
    July 04, 2013 - 17:18

    I was in a court situation recently in a st john's court that just blew me away. I have an excellent record of winning in court matters in the past 3 decades yet a St John's crown attorney recently brought every victory of mine front and centre as if I had been convicted of these crimes. I won because I know how to win and if the crown prosecutor and police were not bright enough to convict a self representing accused, that is their tough luck. The good judge berrated the crown and reminded him "these are not convictions" after I called an objection. Ultimately the prosecutors little game failed and I/we won---again. I was thouroughly disgusted with the prosecutors action. A non conviction, aquittal, or stay of proceeding should never be accessed for future use in a court of law. Colin James , I agree with you brother 100% When a person kicks judicial butt according to law , the records and data should be trashed forever. A win is a win. The law should not be such sore losers. If they did their job as well as the defence , they wouldn't need to be embarrassed in the company of their piers. I have always been impressed by Camnada's Judges. You won't often see them bending the rules or acting in a biased way because they have "relation" trying to swing a deal outside of the court. Judges appreciate a well prepared prosecution, and even more so for a well prepared defence. I love it when a judge rules based on law--not emotion. If your defence attorney knows the written law , they should know in advance if they will win or lose. The criminal code of Canada is the only thing that matters to your Judge and is used for defence as well as prosecution. Knowledge is Power!