Putting Trials on Trial: Sexual Assault and the Failure of the Legal Profession
Elaine Craig (Author)
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Less than one percent of the sexual assaults that occur each year in Canada result in legal sanction for those who commit these offences. Survivors often distrust and fear the criminal justice process, and as a result, over ninety percent of sexual assaults go unreported. Unfortunately, their fears are well founded. In this thorough evaluation of the legal culture and courtroom practices prevalent in sexual assault prosecutions, Elaine Craig provides an even-handed account of the ways in which the legal profession unnecessarily - and sometimes unlawfully - contributes to the trauma and re-victimization experienced by those who testify as sexual assault complainants. Gathering conclusive evidence from interviews with experienced lawyers across Canada, reported case law, lawyer memoirs, recent trial transcripts, and defence lawyers' public statements and commercial advertisements, Putting Trials on Trial demonstrates that - despite prominent contestations - complainants are regularly subjected to abusive, humiliating, and discriminatory treatment when they turn to the law to respond to sexual violations. In pursuit of trial practices that are less harmful to sexual assault complainants as well as survivors of sexual violence more broadly, Putting Trials on Trial makes serious, substantiated, and necessary claims about the ethical and cultural failures of the Canadian legal profession.
About the Author
Elaine Craig is associate professor in the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.
- Contributor: Elaine Craig
- Imprint: McGill-Queen's University Press
- ISBN13: 9780228006534
- Number of Pages: 320
- Packaged Dimensions: 152x229mm
- Packaged Weight: 595
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
- Release Date: 2021-01-15
- Binding: Paperback / softback
- Biography: Elaine Craig is associate professor in the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.