Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46)

Act current to 2014-12-18 and last amended on 2014-12-16. Previous Versions

Remand Where Offence Committed in Another Jurisdiction

Marginal note:Order that accused appear or be taken before justice where offence committed
  •  (1) Where an accused is charged with an offence alleged to have been committed out of the limits of the jurisdiction in which he has been charged, the justice before whom he appears or is brought may, at any stage of the inquiry after hearing both parties,

    • (a) order the accused to appear, or

    • (b) if the accused is in custody, issue a warrant in Form 15 to convey the accused

    before a justice having jurisdiction in the place where the offence is alleged to have been committed, who shall continue and complete the inquiry.

  • Marginal note:Transmission of transcript and documents and effect of order or warrant

    (2) Where a justice makes an order or issues a warrant pursuant to subsection (1), he shall cause the transcript of any evidence given before him in the inquiry and all documents that were then before him and that are relevant to the inquiry to be transmitted to a justice having jurisdiction in the place where the offence is alleged to have been committed and

    • (a) any evidence the transcript of which is so transmitted shall be deemed to have been taken by the justice to whom it is transmitted; and

    • (b) any appearance notice, promise to appear, undertaking or recognizance issued to or given or entered into by the accused under Part XVI shall be deemed to have been issued, given or entered into in the jurisdiction where the offence is alleged to have been committed and to require the accused to appear before the justice to whom the transcript and documents are transmitted at the time provided in the order made in respect of the accused under paragraph (1)(a).

  • R.S., c. C-34, s. 471;
  • R.S., c. 2(2nd Supp.), s. 7.

Absconding Accused

Marginal note:Accused absconding during inquiry
  •  (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, where an accused, whether or not he is charged jointly with another, absconds during the course of a preliminary inquiry into an offence with which he is charged,

    • (a) he shall be deemed to have waived his right to be present at the inquiry, and

    • (b) the justice

      • (i) may continue the inquiry and, when all the evidence has been taken, shall dispose of the inquiry in accordance with section 548, or

      • (ii) if a warrant is issued for the arrest of the accused, may adjourn the inquiry to await his appearance,

    but where the inquiry is adjourned pursuant to subparagraph (b)(ii), the justice may continue it at any time pursuant to subparagraph (b)(i) if he is satisfied that it would no longer be in the interests of justice to await the appearance of the accused.

  • Marginal note:Adverse inference

    (2) Where the justice continues a preliminary inquiry pursuant to subsection (1), he may draw an inference adverse to the accused from the fact that he has absconded.

  • Marginal note:Accused not entitled to re-opening

    (3) Where an accused reappears at a preliminary inquiry that is continuing pursuant to subsection (1), he is not entitled to have any part of the proceedings that was conducted in his absence re-opened unless the justice is satisfied that because of exceptional circumstances it is in the interests of justice to re-open the inquiry.

  • Marginal note:Counsel for accused may continue to act

    (4) Where an accused has absconded during the course of a preliminary inquiry and the justice continues the inquiry, counsel for the accused is not thereby deprived of any authority he may have to continue to act for the accused in the proceedings.

  • Marginal note:Accused calling witnesses

    (5) Where, at the conclusion of the evidence on the part of the prosecution at a preliminary inquiry that has been continued pursuant to subsection (1), the accused is absent but counsel for the accused is present, he or she shall be given an opportunity to call witnesses on behalf of the accused and subsection 541(5) applies with such modifications as the circumstances require.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 544;
  • 1994, c. 44, s. 55.