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Version of section 644 from 2019-09-19 to 2022-07-25:


Marginal note:Discharge of juror

  •  (1) Where in the course of a trial the judge is satisfied that a juror should not, by reason of illness or other reasonable cause, continue to act, the judge may discharge the juror.

  • Marginal note:Replacement of juror

    (1.1) A judge may select another juror to take the place of a juror who by reason of illness or other reasonable cause cannot continue to act, if the jury has not yet begun to hear evidence, either by drawing a name from a panel of persons who were summoned to act as jurors and who are available at the court at the time of replacing the juror or by using the procedure referred to in section 642.

  • Marginal note:Trial may continue

    (2) Where in the course of a trial a member of the jury dies or is discharged pursuant to subsection (1), the jury shall, unless the judge otherwise directs and if the number of jurors is not reduced below ten, be deemed to remain properly constituted for all purposes of the trial and the trial shall proceed and a verdict may be given accordingly.

  • Marginal note:Trial may continue without jury

    (3) If in the course of a trial the number of jurors is reduced below 10, the judge may, with the consent of the parties, discharge the jurors, continue the trial without a jury and render a verdict.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 644
  • 1992, c. 41, s. 6
  • 1997, c. 18, s. 75
  • 2019, c. 25, s. 273
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