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Terms of Reference

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  1. The Commission of Inquiry appointed pursuant to an Order In Council will have the responsibility to inquire into the conduct of the police investigations surrounding the death of Crystal Taman on February 25, 2005.  It is to consider whether all aspects of the prosecution of Derek Harvey-Zenk, including the Crown’s position on sentence, were conducted in accordance with the professional and ethical standards expected of lawyers and agents of the Attorney General.

    The Commission of Inquiry will also have to inquire whether the services provided to the family of Crystal Taman were sufficient having regard to the requirements of The Victims’ Bill of Rights.

  2. The Commission shall perform its duties without expressing any conclusion or recommendation about the civil or criminal liability of any person or organization.

  3. The Commission shall complete its inquiry and deliver its final report containing its comments, findings, conclusions and recommendations to the Attorney General. The report must be in a form appropriate for public release, in accordance with The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and other relevant laws.

  4. To the extent the Commission considers it advisable, it may rely on any transcript or record of any proceedings from any court in relation to the proceedings referred to above on such other related material it considers relevant to its duties.

  5. For more specific details, please refer to Order-in-Council #403/2007 (118Kb PDF).


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2008 Taman Inquiry into the Investigation and Prosecution of Derek Harvey-Zenk.