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Community impact statements to be accepted in court

The province has announced, like individual victims of crime, communities can now submit impact statements for the court’s consideration during the sentencing of convicted offenders.

Community impact statements can describe the emotional, physical and financial impacts of an offence on a community and can come from a local organization, civic government, religious organization, or First Nations community.

The statement can describe harms endured or losses suffered, which could include local or regional economic impacts or the emotional toll on community members that resulted from hearing about and responding to the offence.
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