A bill introduced by Laurie Scott is a step away from becoming law. The private member’s bill, introduced by the Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Brock M.P.P. would make sexual assault training mandatory for all judges and justices of the peace. The bill unanimously passed its second reading last week.
The current law requires the training only for new appointees to the Queen’s Bench. Scott was forced to re-introduce the bill in March after Premier Kathleen Wynne prorogued the legislature. Scott says the bill has received broad support from survivors of sexual assault, as well as experts and stakeholders. She said last year that if judges don’t receive the training, they should not be presiding over these types of cases.