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First Nations court seen as path out of vicious cycle‎ –

by NationTalk on May 4, 2012436 Views

First Nations court seen as path out of vicious cycle

‘We can do it here,’ Tke’mlups lawyer says

MAY 3, 2012

Local bands have asked for a First Nations court to be established in Kamloops, delegates heard Thursday at an Aboriginal justice forum at TRU.

The forum focused on the Aboriginal sentencing principles of Gladue, recently reaffirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada, while hosting Justice Marion Buller Bennett of First Nations court in New Westminster.

Of Aboriginal descent, the judge took it on her own initiative six years ago to open the province’s first court dedicated to restorative justice for sentencing on criminal and family court matters. A similar court opened in North Vancouver last month.

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