Victim Fine Surcharge Supreme Court of Canada Hearing

On April 17, 2018, Pivot Legal Society and Rosenberg Kosakoski LLP took our fight for justice to the Supreme Court of Canada to challenge the mandatory "victim fine surcharge." The surcharge is a fine of $100 or $200 per offence upon conviction. This unjust provision of Canada's Criminal Code entrenches marginalized communities that are unable to pay in a cycle of poverty and criminality, and therefore, must be abolished. Sex workers, people who use drugs, and those affected by homelessness who can't pay the surcharge could face arrest, causing members of these communities to evade police or engage in behaviours that threaten their health and safety.

We must protect the rights of people who use drugs