The special division of courts is designed with the support and protection of victims in mind.
The Legault government on Friday launched the first of what it hopes will become a provincewide network of courts that will only hear cases of sexual and domestic or intimate-partner violence.
Quebec Justice Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette was on hand along with Isabelle Charest, the provincial minister responsible for the status of women, as the court was inaugurated at the courthouse in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, off the western tip of Montreal Island.
The special division of courts is designed with the support and protection of victims in mind. Space has been added to courthouses to make them feel secure and to keep them from inadvertently running into the accused. Equipment to assist in testimony, such as screens and video-conference rooms, will also be available.
Support groups have been made available to provide victims with personalized aid. Specialists from the Centre d’aide aux victimes d’actes criminels and lawyers will be assigned to provide support to plaintiffs.