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Version of section 282 from 2019-06-21 to 2022-07-25:


Marginal note:Abduction in contravention of custody or parenting order

  •  (1) Every one who, being the parent, guardian or person having the lawful care or charge of a child under the age of 14 years, takes, entices away, conceals, detains, receives or harbours that child, in contravention of a custody order or a parenting order made by a court anywhere in Canada, with intent to deprive a parent or guardian, or any other person who has the lawful care or charge of that child, of the possession of that child is guilty of

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

    • (b) an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • Marginal note:If no belief in validity of custody order or parenting order

    (2) If a count charges an offence under subsection (1) and the offence is not proven only because the accused did not believe that there was a valid custody order or parenting order but the evidence does prove an offence under section 283, the accused may be convicted of an offence under that section.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 282
  • 1993, c. 45, s. 4
  • 2019, c. 16, s. 123
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