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B.C. Civil Liberties Association says RCMP complaints process ‘should improve’ after court ruling – APTN News

Jan 13, 2022

A federal judge says the RCMP Commissioner must respond to public complaints within six months of receiving them after a court challenge was launched over delays coming from the top of the national policing agency.

Civil liberty groups say they now hope the decision by Federal Court Associate Chief Justice Jocelyne Gagne that was handed down Jan. 11 will bring about changes.

“There have been reports piled up on the RCMP commissioner’s desk for years without a response,” Paul Champ, a lawyer with the B.C. Civil Liberties Association tells APTN News. “In our view, that was in violation of the act, and now with this ruling, it’s made it crystal clear the RCMP shouldn’t be taking any longer than six months to respond to complaints.

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