Over the last number of years there has been an ever increasing amount of ideological legislation aimed at criminal justice issues. Much of this legislation is driven by short term political considerations. This new legislation does not only affect those who are charged with an offence. Quite often the proposed legislation will have long term negative impacts on all members of society.
Mr. Spratt is frequently requested by parliamentarians and organizations to appear before parliamentary committees to give expert evidence on new criminal law legislation.
Mr. Spratt views these appearances as a way to hold the government to account for their legislative choices. As a proponent of evidence based policy Mr. Spratt is not afraid to speak truth to those in power; as such he is often (although not always) in strong opposition to new legislation.
Mr. Spratt's testimony is often referenced by Members of Parliaments and Senators in the political debates that follow the committee hearings. Many of these references can be located on the Open Parliament website.
Criminal law and its application to individual cases is always changing and evolving. Through his work in parliament Mr. Spratt has developed an expertise in determining how new laws will affect his clients.
Transcripts of Mr. Spratt’s Testimony:
Bill C-26: An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act and the Sex Offender Information Registration Act, to enact the High Risk Child Sex Offender Database Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act) (House 2015)
Bill C-26: An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act and the Sex Offender Information Registration Act, to enact the High Risk Child Sex Offender Database Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (Senate 2015)
Bill C-51: An Act to enact the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act and the Secure Air Travel Act, to amend the Criminal Code, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts (Senate 2015)