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The Victim Fine Surcharge

Back in 1996 when Bill c-47 was passed I said the Victim Fine Surcharge was unconstitutional. People said I was crazy, including Frank Alfano, Paralegalcriminal lawyers who could ask a judge to waive it. No one seemed to listen that a mandatory victim fine surcharge was a tax, unconstitutional or anything other than who cares? it’s POA court. Well, years later, in one of Harper’s unlikely laws passes, lo and behold, it’s an issue.

Why am I going to law school? Many reasons. This is one. See the article from Law Times…

http://www.lawtimesnews.com/201403023811/headline-news/logic-of-victim-surcharge-questioned

So maybe I’m not crazy. I’m not sure whether I should laugh or cry as I see lawyers arguing over this. Apparently it’s controversial. Who knew?

Frank Alfano, Paralegal

Traffic Ticket Paralegal

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