Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46)

Act current to 2015-05-11 and last amended on 2015-04-10. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Disobeying a statute
  •  (1) Every one who, without lawful excuse, contravenes an Act of Parliament by wilfully doing anything that it forbids or by wilfully omitting to do anything that it requires to be done is, unless a punishment is expressly provided by law, guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.

  • Marginal note:Attorney General of Canada may act

    (2) Any proceedings in respect of a contravention of or conspiracy to contravene an Act mentioned in subsection (1), other than this Act, may be instituted at the instance of the Government of Canada and conducted by or on behalf of that Government.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 126;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), s. 185(F).
Marginal note:Disobeying order of court
  •  (1) Every one who, without lawful excuse, disobeys a lawful order made by a court of justice or by a person or body of persons authorized by any Act to make or give the order, other than an order for the payment of money, is, unless a punishment or other mode of proceeding is expressly provided by law, guilty of

    • (a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years; or

    • (b) an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • Marginal note:Attorney General of Canada may act

    (2) Where the order referred to in subsection (1) was made in proceedings instituted at the instance of the Government of Canada and conducted by or on behalf of that Government, any proceedings in respect of a contravention of or conspiracy to contravene that order may be instituted and conducted in like manner.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 127;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), s. 185(F);
  • 2005, c. 32, s. 1.
Marginal note:Misconduct of officers executing process

 Every peace officer or coroner who, being entrusted with the execution of a process, wilfully

  • (a) misconducts himself in the execution of the process, or

  • (b) makes a false return to the process,

is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.

  • R.S., c. C-34, s. 117.
Marginal note:Offences relating to public or peace officer

 Every one who

  • (a) resists or wilfully obstructs a public officer or peace officer in the execution of his duty or any person lawfully acting in aid of such an officer,

  • (b) omits, without reasonable excuse, to assist a public officer or peace officer in the execution of his duty in arresting a person or in preserving the peace, after having reasonable notice that he is required to do so, or

  • (c) resists or wilfully obstructs any person in the lawful execution of a process against lands or goods or in making a lawful distress or seizure,

is guilty of

  • (d) an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or

  • (e) an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • R.S., c. C-34, s. 118;
  • 1972, c. 13, s. 7.