Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. 30 (4th Supp.))

Act current to 2015-10-27 and last amended on 2015-03-09. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Order for video link, etc.
  •  (1) The judge may make the order if satisfied that there are reasonable grounds to believe that

    • (a) an offence has been committed; and

    • (b) the state or entity believes that the person’s evidence or statement would be relevant to the investigation or prosecution of the offence.

  • Marginal note:Provisions of order

    (2) An order made under subsection (1) shall order the person

    • (a) to attend at the place fixed by the judge for the taking of the evidence or statement by means of the technology and to remain in attendance until the person is excused by the authorities of the state or entity;

    • (b) to answer any questions put to the person by the authorities of the state or entity or by any person authorized by those authorities, in accordance with the law that applies to the state or entity;

    • (c) to make a copy of a record or to make a record from data and to bring the copy or record, when appropriate; and

    • (d) to bring any record or thing in his or her possession or control, when appropriate, in order to show it to the authorities by means of the technology.

  • Marginal note:Order effective throughout Canada

    (3) An order made under subsection (1) may be executed anywhere in Canada.

  • Marginal note:Terms and conditions of order

    (4) An order made under subsection (1) may include any terms or conditions that the judge considers desirable, including those relating to the protection of the interests of the person named in it and of third parties.

  • Marginal note:Variation

    (5) The judge who made the order under subsection (1) or another judge of the same court may vary its terms and conditions.

  • Marginal note:Expenses

    (6) A person named in an order made under subsection (1) is entitled to be paid the travel and living expenses to which the person would be entitled if the person were required to attend as a witness before the judge who made the order.

  • 1999, c. 18, s. 113;
  • 2000, c. 24, s. 68.
Marginal note:Other laws about witnesses to apply

 For greater certainty, when a witness gives evidence or a statement pursuant to an order made under section 22.2, the evidence or statement shall be given as though the witness were physically before the court or tribunal outside Canada, for the purposes of the laws relating to evidence and procedure but only to the extent that giving the evidence would not disclose information otherwise protected by the Canadian law of non-disclosure of information or privilege.

  • 1999, c. 18, s. 113.
Marginal note:Contempt of court in Canada

 When a witness gives evidence under section 22.2, the Canadian law relating to contempt of court applies with respect to a refusal by the person to answer a question or to produce a record or thing as ordered by the judge under that section.

  • 1999, c. 18, s. 113.