In 1999 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that courts must take into account the unique circumstances of people when sentencing, especially for Aboriginal offenders. The Gladue Decision also stipulates that, whenever possible, courts should opt for alternatives to jail sentences. More than a decade later the Gladue Decision is still subject to much misunderstanding by both legal professionals and clients. This six-page manual clarifies both the aim of the ruling and what it means for Aboriginal people involved in the criminal justice system. A section is included for NCSA courtworkers on how the decision applies to clients.
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