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Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46)

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Act current to 2020-01-16 and last amended on 2019-12-18. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Order to stand trial or discharge

  •  (1) When all the evidence has been taken by the justice, he shall

    • (a) if in his opinion there is sufficient evidence to put the accused on trial for the offence charged or any other indictable offence in respect of the same transaction, order the accused to stand trial; or

    • (b) discharge the accused, if in his opinion on the whole of the evidence no sufficient case is made out to put the accused on trial for the offence charged or any other indictable offence in respect of the same transaction.

  • Marginal note:Endorsing charge

    (2) Where the justice orders the accused to stand trial for an indictable offence, other than or in addition to the one with which the accused was charged, the justice shall endorse on the information the charges on which he orders the accused to stand trial.

  • Marginal note:Where accused ordered to stand trial

    (2.1) A justice who orders that an accused is to stand trial has the power to fix the date for the trial or the date on which the accused must appear in the trial court to have that date fixed.

  • Marginal note:Defect not to affect validity

    (3) The validity of an order to stand trial is not affected by any defect apparent on the face of the information in respect of which the preliminary inquiry is held or in respect of any charge on which the accused is ordered to stand trial unless, in the opinion of the court before which an objection to the information or charge is taken, the accused has been misled or prejudiced in his defence by reason of that defect.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 548
  • R.S., 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), s. 101
  • 1994, c. 44, s. 56
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