Jan 5, 2018

Loretta Merritt speaks to CBC News on the Albert Shultz sexual assault allegations and civil cases

Four women have filed civil lawsuits against Canadian actor Albert Schultz and the Toronto-based Soulpepper Theatre Company he co-founded, in part, their lawyer says, to control the path of their own case.

And that is certainly one of the reasons many women decide to sidestep the criminal courts and instead pursue civil action against an alleged perpetrator of sexual misconduct, legal experts say.

For example, in a criminal case, there are two parties to the case: the Crown, who represents the state, and the accused, or defendant.

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