National survey of criminal defence counsel on representation of marginalized clients

community feedback

Dr. Marianne Quirouette and Dr. Chloe Leclerc at the University of Montreal are conducting a national survey of criminal defence counsel to gain insight into how marginalized clients are represented. This project is part of a large multi-year, multi-study Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Grant that the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) are community partners on. 

The purpose of the questionnaire is to learn about your practices, experiences and perspectives in relation to:

• socioeconomic factors and marginalization of clients you work with;

• consideration of socioeconomic factors and marginalization at bail, plea and sentencing;

• alternatives practices: diversion and specialized courts; and

• the impact of case law and key issues in criminal courts.

The electronic survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. The survey has been launched in Ontario and Quebec and they are now looking to circulate it in BC, Yukon and Alberta.

Click here to access the survey.

The aim is to reach as many defence counsel as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Marianne Quirouette (marianne.​quirouette@​umontreal.​ca), Nicole Myers (nicole.​myers@​queensu.​ca) Cecília De Aragao Batista (cecilia.​de.​aragao.​batista@​umontreal.​ca).