Judges Wrestle with Federally Mandated Surcharge on Offenders

Victoria provincial court judges are quietly doing an end run around the Harper government’s new mandatory surcharge to fund victim services.

A new law that took effect in late October does not allow judges to waive the victim fine surcharge of 30 per cent of a fine or a flat fee of $100 or $200. It is imposed on offenders at the time of sentencing.

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