Retention of documents, exhibits by trial court
13 Subject to rules 14 and 15, all documents, exhibits and other things connected with proceedings in a trial court shall be retained by the trial court for no less than 35 days after the disposition of the matter by acquittal, conviction and sentencing or otherwise, until a judge of the court in which the person was tried makes an order for their disposition.
Order re: custody of document, exhibit
14 The presiding trial judge, or a trial judge of the court in which a person is tried, may, during or after the trial, make a special order as to the custody or conditional release of a document, exhibit or other thing produced at the trial as the circumstances or their nature make desirable and proper, including an order that narcotics under the Narcotic Control Act (Canada) or restricted or controlled drugs under the Food and Drugs Act (Canada) and regulations be released to the custody of police officers to be held by them pending a possible appeal.
Release of document, exhibit
15 The presiding trial judge, or a trial judge of the court in which a person was tried, may, after the trial, with the written consent, whether absolute or on terms, of counsel for the Crown and counsel for the accused, or the accused personally if he or she is unrepresented, release a document, exhibit or other thing produced at the trial to the person who produced it.
Further order re: restitution, etc.
16 Where an initiating document is filed, a trial judge who, after a conviction, made an order for restitution, reimbursement, satisfaction or compensation for loss or damage,
(a) shall make such further order as is appropriate to secure the safe custody of property or money referred to in any such order while the operation of the order is suspended under the Criminal Code (Canada) pending appeal; and
(b) may stay a prior order for restitution, reimbursement, satisfaction or compensation for loss or damage.
Delivery of material by trial court
17 (1) On receiving a copy of an initiating document from the registrar under subrule 5(2) or 6(2), the trial court or summary conviction appeal court shall send to the registrar the court file together with all related documents, exhibits and other things that are in the control of the trial court or summary conviction appeal court.
17 (2) Anything that is delivered to the court under subrule (1) shall be held in safekeeping under the direction of the registrar pending proceedings in the court, but the registrar may continue to store exhibits in space designated for that purpose by the Court of Queen’s Bench or the Provincial Court.
Attorney General to prepare appeal book
18 (1) In cases involving an appeal as to acquittal or conviction, the Attorney General shall prepare and file an appeal book with the registrar
(a) within 30 days after the initiating document is filed, or as soon thereafter as practicable, if the Crown is the appellant; or
(b) within 30 days after the factum is filed by the appellant, or as soon thereafter as practicable, if the Crown is the respondent.
18 (1.1) In cases involving an appeal of a sentence only, the Attorney General shall prepare and file the appeal book as soon as practicable after the initiating document is filed.
18 (2) Where practicable, the Attorney General shall prepare and file with the registrar an appeal book in cases where an application for leave to appeal is made.
18 (3) The Attorney General shall, immediately after filing an appeal book with the registrar,
(a) deliver a copy of the appeal book to the parties to the appeal or their counsel; or
(b) send a copy of the appeal book to the parties or their counsel by regular lettermail at their last known addresses.
18 (4) The Attorney General shall have access, for the purpose of preparing an appeal book, to the court file and all documents, exhibits and other things that are delivered to the registrar under subrule 17(1).
18 (5) An appeal book shall contain
(a) the initiating document;
(b) written exhibits relevant to the appeal;
(c) reasons for decision (whether or not contained in the transcript of evidence);
(d) pre-sentence reports and other exhibits on a sentencing hearing; and
(e) such other materials as may be necessary to enable the court to adjudicate the issues on appeal.
18 (6) Where the court proceeds with an appeal hearing on an expedited basis, the Attorney General shall, where practicable, prepare and file an appeal book before the appeal hearing.
18 (7) A party may file a supplementary appeal book containing materials relevant to the appeal that are omitted from the appeal book filed by the Attorney General.
- SI/2003-136, s. 6.
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