Has your complaint against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) been referred to NSIRA by the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP?

Here’s what you do…

You have received a notice from the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP (CRCC) informing you that your complaint has been referred to NSIRA.

What you need to know:

  • You don’t need to hire a lawyer or get legal assistance
  • If you decide to seek legal advice, you are responsible for paying your legal fees and associated costs
  • NSIRA is an independent and external review agency
  • The RCMP is the respondent

When NSIRA receives the CRCC’s referral of your complaint, NSIRA will:

  • Acknowledge in writing that NSIRA has received the referral of your complaint by the CRCC
  • Inform you that NSIRA will investigate your complaint if it is satisfied that the complaint is not trivial, frivolous or vexatious or made in bad faith.
  • Conduct a preliminary review of the information received from the CRCC and determine if the complaint falls within NSIRA’s mandate to investigate the complaint

What happens next?

What happens if your complaint does not fall within NSIRA’s mandate to investigate?

Should NSIRA determine it is not within its mandate to investigate your complaint, your complaint file will be closed. NSIRA will inform you, by letter, of its decision.

What happens if your complaint falls within NSIRA’s mandate to investigate?

NSIRA will inform you and the respondent (s) of the next steps in the complaint process.

NSIRA may contact you and seek your availability for an investigative interview to clarify the nature and scope of your allegations. It may hold a case management conference to determine procedural matters.

NSIRA may also determine that an oral or written hearing is necessary in order to fully investigate and consider some or all of the issues of your complaint.

Here’s what happens next following NSIRA’s consideration of the evidence:

Once NSIRA has examined the documentary evidence, conducted investigative interviews and/or held a hearing, the NSIRA Member assigned to investigate your complaint will prepare a final report which will include its findings and/or recommendations based on the evidence and written submissions received from the parties. An unclassified copy of the final report will be sent to you.

Contact us

National Security and Intelligence Review Agency

P.O. Box 2430, Station “D”
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5W5

Telephone: 1-833-890-0293
Fax: (613) 907-4445

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