Essay on The Canadian Charter Of Rights And Freedoms

1699 Words Oct 30th, 2016 7 Pages
In today’s Canadian society, people are certain that the Criminal justice system with their almighty position and power has the responsibility to protect and serve the community. That being said, the fundamental purpose of the creation of criminal law is to maintain order within society and punish those who deviate beyond the social and legal norms (Robinson & Cahill, 2005). The idea of an innocent individual being wrongfully convicted of a criminal act committed by another person is astounding. The sole purpose of the system is to restrain those who are deemed deviant or mischiefs and are to be held accountable for their actions through the criminal justice system. Therefore, not to restrain the freedom of the individuals who are innocent. The lack of evidence gathering and legal process introduces the cases of wrongful convictions. However, Bruce MacFarlane argues that the Criminal justice system has a lot more protection against any wrongful conviction than any other justice systems in the world (MacFarlane, 2008, p. 2-5). The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is part of the Canadian Constitution. This document provides the essence of protection and ensures basic rights and freedoms to all Canadians. “Everyone, regardless of race, national, or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex, age, or mental or physical disability, is equal before the law.” The Charter of Rights and Freedoms clearly specifies under Section 7. “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security…

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