The Right to Information:
Information about the offender

Victims in the military justice system have the right to request information about the offender while they are in a service prison or detention barrack, including their release from such custody.

What information about the offender can a victim request?

Information from the Commanding Officer of a service prison or detention barrack

On request to a commanding officer (CO) of Service prison or detention barrack where the offender is serving their punishment, a victim is entitled to the following information about the offender and their punishment:

  • Offender’s name and rank
  • Service offence the offender was convicted of
  • Date of commencement, length and type of punishment
  • If their punishment of imprisonment or detention has been suspended
  • If the offender is ordered to serve their punishment intermittently, the conditions and times prescribed
  • If the offender dies while serving the punishment, the date of their death

For the full regulatory wording, please refer to QR&O 108.01(1).

Information from the Commander of the Canadian Forces Military Police Group

On request by a victim, the Commander (Comd) of the Canadian Forces Military Police Group (CF MP Gp) may provide them with the following information about the offender and the service of their punishment in a service prison or detention barrack:

  • The offender’s age
  • Where the offender is serving their punishment
  • Where the offender is transferred
  • Programmes the offender participated in to address their needs and contribute to their successful reintegration into the community
  • Any service offence the offender commits and found guilty of committing while serving their punishment
  • Any service infraction the offender commits and found responsible for committing while serving their punishment
  • Whether the offender is unlawfully at large
  • Any information relevant to the safety or security of the victim when the offender is not in custody

For the full regulatory wording, please refer to QR&O 108.01(2).

On request by a victim, the Comd CF MP Gp may provide the following information about the discharge or release from custody of an offender:

  • The date of discharge, temporary removal or temporary absence
  • The destination of the offender on discharge, temporary removal or temporary absence or absence that arise from the suspension of the execution of the punishment or intermittent sentence
  • Whether the offender will be in the vicinity of the victim while travelling to or from the destination of their discharge or temporary absence or absence that arise from the suspension of the execution of the punishment or intermittent sentence
  • The reasons for the offender’s temporary removal or temporary absence
  • Any threats that the offender makes against the victim
  • The most recent photograph of the offender

For the full regulatory wording and the factors to be considered, please refer to QR&O 108.01(4).

Information provided to the victim must be disclosed as expeditiously as the circumstances permit after receiving the request. Should any information previously disclosed change, victims will be updated on those changes by the disclosing officer as expeditiously as the circumstances permit.

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