Joint Report Gives Recommendations For Improving Inquiries

January 16, 2013

Via the Clicklaw Blog, a new report from the BC Civil Liberties Association, Pivot Legal Society and West Coast LEAF discusses the failures of the Missing Women’s Inquiry and provides recommendations for improvements to future inquiries.

Bluprint for an Inquiry: Learning from the Failures of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry was authored by Darcie Bennett, David Eby, Kasari Govender, and Katrina Pacey.

The report provides 23 recommendation in the areas of Consultation and Collaboration with Civil Society and Community; Developing the Terms of Reference; Supporting the Participation of Witnesses; Quality of Evidence; Rules of Evidence; and Independence.

From the executive summary:

“If there were only one recommendation to come from this report, it would be that commissions of inquiry that intend to work with marginalized populations as witnesses, or inquiries that are called in response to the concerns of marginalized communities, must consult thoroughly at every stage with those communities and the organizations that work with those communities.”

The report is available from BCCLA, Pivot Legal, and West Coast LEAF.


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