Those are two really important questions, and I'll take the latter first.
In terms of the judiciary, I'm incredibly pleased to have a new judicial appointments process that has resulted in more women than men being appointed to the bench, overall, as superior court justices across the country. The number is in the range of 38% now being women. The number might be a little bit higher. I'll get the exact percentage for the committee, but the number is continuing to increase based on the judicial appointments that we've been able to make over the course of two years, which will have an impact in ensuring that the bench represents the diversity of the country.
In terms of measures—and I'll go quickly, Mr. Chair—of intimate partner violence, there are a number of measures, really important ones, that we're proposing to strengthen our response to intimate partner violence.
Around bail, there's imposing a reverse onus. At bail, we are seeking to require the courts to consider whether an accused is charged with intimate partner violence when determining whether to release that accused person. We're clarifying that strangulation and choking are elevated forms of assault. We are further, as I said in my opening remarks, defining what an intimate partner is to include former spouses, common-law partners, and dating partners. We're clarifying the current sentencing provisions and we're allowing for the possibility of seeking a higher maximum penalty in cases involving repeat intimate partner offenders.