A lot of these recommendations wouldn't be expensive and could be immediate. For example, starting tomorrow, there could be a pretty good brochure provided.
I know there's experience in Alberta. If you look at the King County brochure, you see it wouldn't take a lot just to make sure to provide one to every juror going into a case that involves sources of trauma, such as the graphic evidence around violence and abuse and homicides, notwithstanding that all jurors are going to experience some stress. I do think we could have a brochure done overnight almost for every province and territory.
Debriefing could cost, in terms of trying to make sure there are mental health professionals who are qualified. I think you've heard evidence about unqualified professionals asking somebody to watch a sad movie, and that's going to be it. Certainly having a licensed professional with background in trauma is obviously going to be a cost for provinces and territories, but that should be affordable in most provincial and territorial budgets.
Ongoing counselling would be my third priority. It's going to be a minority of jurors; based on the research, you're probably looking at 10% of jurors, or less, who are going to require ongoing counselling.
Those would be my three priorities.
I have a caution that could lead to a debate, but I'll take my chances here. I would worry about asking about resilience. If somebody gets called for jury duty, they're going to be given some information about the nature of the case. I'd hate to start screening out people because they're sensitive. You wouldn't want to have all the jurors to be people who are so desensitized or feel they're so strong that they can handle the evidence. I would suggest that we don't go down that road. If a juror has a particular problem or issue, I'd certainly welcome them to raise it in an appropriate forum, but I wouldn't want to screen out jurors for past trauma by itself.