Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46)

Act current to 2014-09-15 and last amended on 2014-07-11. Previous Versions

Provincial Court Judge’s Jurisdiction with Consent

Marginal note:Trial by provincial court judge with consent
  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), if an accused is charged in an information with an indictable offence other than an offence that is mentioned in section 469, and the offence is not one over which a provincial court judge has absolute jurisdiction under section 553, a provincial court judge may try the accused if the accused elects to be tried by a provincial court judge.

  • Marginal note:Nunavut

    (2) With respect to criminal proceedings in Nunavut, if an accused is charged in an information with an indictable offence other than an offence that is mentioned in section 469 and the offence is not one over which a judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice has absolute jurisdiction under section 553, a judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice may try the accused if the accused elects to be tried by a judge without a jury.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 554;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), ss. 105, 203;
  • 1999, c. 3, s. 38;
  • 2002, c. 13, s. 31.
Marginal note:Provincial court judge may decide to hold preliminary inquiry
  •  (1) Where in any proceedings under this Part an accused is before a provincial court judge and it appears to the provincial court judge that for any reason the charge should be prosecuted by indictment, he may, at any time before the accused has entered on his defence, decide not to adjudicate and shall thereupon inform the accused of his decision and continue the proceedings as a preliminary inquiry.

  • Marginal note:Where subject-matter is a testamentary instrument or exceeds $5,000 in value

    (2) Where an accused is before a provincial court judge charged with an offence mentioned in paragraph 553(a) or subparagraph 553(b)(i), and, at any time before the provincial court judge makes an adjudication, the evidence establishes that the subject-matter of the offence is a testamentary instrument or that its value exceeds five thousand dollars, the provincial court judge shall put the accused to his or her election in accordance with subsection 536(2).

  • Marginal note:Continuing proceedings

    (3) Where an accused is put to his election pursuant to subsection (2), the following provisions apply, namely,

    • (a) if the accused elects to be tried by a judge without a jury or a court composed of a judge and jury or does not elect when put to his or her election, the provincial court judge shall continue the proceedings as a preliminary inquiry under Part XVIII and, if the provincial court judge orders the accused to stand trial, he or she shall endorse on the information a record of the election; and

    • (b) if the accused elects to be tried by a provincial court judge, the provincial court judge shall endorse on the information a record of the election and continue with the trial.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 555;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), ss. 106, 203;
  • 1994, c. 44, s. 58;
  • 2002, c. 13, s. 32.