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Version of section 555.1 from 2019-09-19 to 2020-09-09:


Marginal note:If charge should be prosecuted by indictment — Nunavut

  •  (1) If in any criminal proceedings under this Part an accused is before a judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice and it appears to the judge that for any reason the charge should be prosecuted by indictment, the judge may, at any time before the accused has entered a defence, decide not to adjudicate and shall then inform the accused of the decision.

  • Marginal note:Election before justice

    (1.1) If the judge has decided not to adjudicate, the judge shall put the accused to an election in the following words:

    You have the option to elect to be tried by a judge without a jury or to be tried by a court composed of a judge and jury. If you do not elect now, you are deemed to have elected to be tried by a court composed of a judge and jury. If you elect to be tried by a judge without a jury or by a court composed of a judge and jury or if you are deemed to have elected to be tried by a court composed of a judge and jury, you will have a preliminary inquiry only if you are entitled to one and you or the prosecutor requests one. How do you elect to be tried?

  • Marginal note:Continuing proceedings

    (1.2) If the accused is entitled to a preliminary inquiry and they or the prosecutor requests one, the judge shall endorse on the information a record of the nature of the election or deemed election and continue the proceedings as a preliminary inquiry.

  • Marginal note:If subject-matter is testamentary instrument or exceeds $5,000 in value — Nunavut

    (2) If an accused is before a judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice, charged with an offence prosecuted by indictment mentioned in paragraph 553(a) or subparagraph 553(b)(i), and, at any time before the judge makes an adjudication, the evidence establishes that the subject matter of the offence is a testamentary instrument or that its value exceeds $5,000, the judge shall put the accused to their election in accordance with subsection 536.1(2.1).

  • Marginal note:Continuing proceedings — Nunavut

    (3) If an accused is put to their election under subsection (1.1) and no preliminary inquiry is requested, or is put to an election under subsection (2), and elects to be tried by a judge without a jury or a court composed of a judge and jury or does not elect when put to the election, the judge shall endorse on the information a record of the nature of the election or deemed election and continue with the trial.

  • Marginal note:Application to Nunavut

    (4) This section, and not section 555, applies in respect of criminal proceedings in Nunavut.

  • 1999, c. 3, s. 39
  • 2002, c. 13, s. 33
  • 2019, c. 25, s. 253
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