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Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46)

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Act current to 2019-06-20 and last amended on 2019-06-17. Previous Versions

PART XXIIISentencing (continued)

Organizations

Marginal note:Additional factors

 A court that imposes a sentence on an organization shall also take into consideration the following factors:

  • (a) any advantage realized by the organization as a result of the offence;

  • (b) the degree of planning involved in carrying out the offence and the duration and complexity of the offence;

  • (c) whether the organization has attempted to conceal its assets, or convert them, in order to show that it is not able to pay a fine or make restitution;

  • (d) the impact that the sentence would have on the economic viability of the organization and the continued employment of its employees;

  • (e) the cost to public authorities of the investigation and prosecution of the offence;

  • (f) any regulatory penalty imposed on the organization or one of its representatives in respect of the conduct that formed the basis of the offence;

  • (g) whether the organization was — or any of its representatives who were involved in the commission of the offence were — convicted of a similar offence or sanctioned by a regulatory body for similar conduct;

  • (h) any penalty imposed by the organization on a representative for their role in the commission of the offence;

  • (i) any restitution that the organization is ordered to make or any amount that the organization has paid to a victim of the offence; and

  • (j) any measures that the organization has taken to reduce the likelihood of it committing a subsequent offence.

  • 2003, c. 21, s. 14

Punishment Generally

Marginal note:Degrees of punishment

  •  (1) Where an enactment prescribes different degrees or kinds of punishment in respect of an offence, the punishment to be imposed is, subject to the limitations prescribed in the enactment, in the discretion of the court that convicts a person who commits the offence.

  • Marginal note:Discretion respecting punishment

    (2) Where an enactment prescribes a punishment in respect of an offence, the punishment to be imposed is, subject to the limitations prescribed in the enactment, in the discretion of the court that convicts a person who commits the offence, but no punishment is a minimum punishment unless it is declared to be a minimum punishment.

  • Marginal note:Imprisonment in default where term not specified

    (3) Where an accused is convicted of an offence punishable with both fine and imprisonment and a term of imprisonment in default of payment of the fine is not specified in the enactment that prescribes the punishment to be imposed, the imprisonment that may be imposed in default of payment shall not exceed the term of imprisonment that is prescribed in respect of the offence.

  • Marginal note:Cumulative punishments

    (4) The court that sentences an accused shall consider directing

    • (a) that the term of imprisonment that it imposes be served consecutively to a sentence of imprisonment to which the accused is subject at the time of sentencing; and

    • (b) that the terms of imprisonment that it imposes at the same time for more than one offence be served consecutively, including when

      • (i) the offences do not arise out of the same event or series of events,

      • (ii) one of the offences was committed while the accused was on judicial interim release, including pending the determination of an appeal, or

      • (iii) one of the offences was committed while the accused was fleeing from a peace officer.

  • Marginal note:Cumulative punishments — fines

    (5) For the purposes of subsection (4), a term of imprisonment includes imprisonment that results from the operation of subsection 734(4).

  • Marginal note:Cumulative punishments — youth

    (6) For the purposes of subsection (4), a sentence of imprisonment includes

    • (a) a disposition made under paragraph 20(1)(k) or (k.1) of the Young Offenders Act, chapter Y-1 of the Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985;

    • (b) a youth sentence imposed under paragraph 42(2)(n), (o), (q) or (r) of the Youth Criminal Justice Act; and

    • (c) a sentence that results from the operation of subsection 743.5(1) or (2).

  • Marginal note:Cumulative punishments — sexual offences against children

    (7) When a court sentences an accused at the same time for more than one sexual offence committed against a child, the court shall direct

    • (a) that a sentence of imprisonment it imposes for an offence under section 163.1 be served consecutively to a sentence of imprisonment it imposes for a sexual offence under another section of this Act committed against a child; and

    • (b) that a sentence of imprisonment it imposes for a sexual offence committed against a child, other than an offence under section 163.1, be served consecutively to a sentence of imprisonment it imposes for a sexual offence committed against another child other than an offence under section 163.1.

  • 1995, c. 22, s. 6
  • 1997, c. 18, s. 141
  • 2002, c. 1, s. 182
  • 2015, c. 23, s. 17

Marginal note:Commencement of sentence

  •  (1) A sentence commences when it is imposed, except where a relevant enactment otherwise provides.

  • Marginal note:Time at large excluded from term of imprisonment

    (2) Any time during which a convicted person is unlawfully at large or is lawfully at large on interim release granted pursuant to any provision of this Act does not count as part of any term of imprisonment imposed on the person.

  • Marginal note:Determination of sentence

    (3) In determining the sentence to be imposed on a person convicted of an offence, a court may take into account any time spent in custody by the person as a result of the offence but the court shall limit any credit for that time to a maximum of one day for each day spent in custody.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (3.1) Despite subsection (3), if the circumstances justify it, the maximum is one and one-half days for each day spent in custody.

  • Marginal note:Reasons

    (3.2) The court shall give reasons for any credit granted and shall cause those reasons to be stated in the record.

  • Marginal note:Record of proceedings

    (3.3) The court shall cause to be stated in the record and on the warrant of committal the offence, the amount of time spent in custody, the term of imprisonment that would have been imposed before any credit was granted, the amount of time credited, if any, and the sentence imposed.

  • Marginal note:Validity not affected

    (3.4) Failure to comply with subsection (3.2) or (3.3) does not affect the validity of the sentence imposed by the court.

  • Marginal note:When time begins to run

    (4) Notwithstanding subsection (1), a term of imprisonment, whether imposed by a trial court or the court appealed to, commences or shall be deemed to be resumed, as the case may be, on the day on which the convicted person is arrested and taken into custody under the sentence.

  • Marginal note:When fine imposed

    (5) Notwithstanding subsection (1), where the sentence that is imposed is a fine with a term of imprisonment in default of payment, no time prior to the day of execution of the warrant of committal counts as part of the term of imprisonment.

  • Marginal note:Application for leave to appeal

    (6) An application for leave to appeal is an appeal for the purposes of this section.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 719
  • R.S., 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), s. 157
  • 1995, c. 22, s. 6
  • 2009, c. 29, s. 3
  • 2018, c. 29, s. 66

Procedure and Evidence

Marginal note:Sentencing proceedings

  •  (1) A court shall, as soon as practicable after an offender has been found guilty, conduct proceedings to determine the appropriate sentence to be imposed.

  • Marginal note:Court-supervised programs

    (2) The court may, with the consent of the Attorney General and the offender and after considering the interests of justice and of any victim of the offence, delay sentencing to enable the offender to attend a treatment program approved by the province under the supervision of the court, such as an addiction treatment program or a domestic violence counselling program.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 720
  • 1995, c. 22, s. 6
  • 2008, c. 18, s. 35
 
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