A Program Offering Support to Victims at Court Expands to Saint John

Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2018 18:51 PM

A pilot program launched just over a year ago in Burton, Woodstock and Fredericton is being expanded to include Saint John.

The court support volunteer program assists victims of crime navigating the court system some for the first time.

Debbie Percival is a volunteer with the program in Fredericton and she tells us she find it very rewarding.

"At the end of all the support I provided to the victims I had," Percival says "Each victim has said to me oh my god thank you, I don't know how I would have got through this without you".

Tourism Minister John Ames made the announcement at the Saint John arts centre on behalf of his colleague, the Minister of Justice and Public Safety Denis Landry.       

During the pilot project last year, the training period for volunteers involved 10 hours of online training, 20 hours of in class training and 10 hours of shadowing in a courtroom and a couple of hours in a courtroom while shadowing and being supervised.

The Saint John volunteers could be working in courtrooms by the fall.

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