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Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46)

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Act current to 2019-11-19 and last amended on 2019-09-19. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Offence charged, part only proved

  •  (1) A count in an indictment is divisible and where the commission of the offence charged, as described in the enactment creating it or as charged in the count, includes the commission of another offence, whether punishable by indictment or on summary conviction, the accused may be convicted

    • (a) of an offence so included that is proved, notwithstanding that the whole offence that is charged is not proved; or

    • (b) of an attempt to commit an offence so included.

  • Marginal note:First degree murder charged

    (2) For greater certainty and without limiting the generality of subsection (1), where a count charges first degree murder and the evidence does not prove first degree murder but proves second degree murder or an attempt to commit second degree murder, the jury may find the accused not guilty of first degree murder but guilty of second degree murder or an attempt to commit second degree murder, as the case may be.

  • Marginal note:Conviction for infanticide or manslaughter on charge of murder

    (3) Subject to subsection (4), where a count charges murder and the evidence proves manslaughter or infanticide but does not prove murder, the jury may find the accused not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter or infanticide, but shall not on that count find the accused guilty of any other offence.

  • Marginal note:Conviction for concealing body of child where murder or infanticide charged

    (4) Where a count charges the murder of a child or infanticide and the evidence proves the commission of an offence under section 243 but does not prove murder or infanticide, the jury may find the accused not guilty of murder or infanticide, as the case may be, but guilty of an offence under section 243.

  • Marginal note:Conviction for dangerous operation when another offence charged

    (5) For greater certainty, when a count charges an offence under section 220, 221 or 236 arising out of the operation of a conveyance, and the evidence does not prove that offence but proves an offence under section 320.13, the accused may be convicted of an offence under that section.

  • Marginal note:Conviction for break and enter with intent

    (6) Where a count charges an offence under paragraph 98(1)(b) or 348(1)(b) and the evidence does not prove that offence but does prove an offence under, respectively, paragraph 98(1)(a) or 348(1)(a), the accused may be convicted of an offence under that latter paragraph.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 662
  • R.S., 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), s. 134
  • 2000, c. 2, s. 3
  • 2008, c. 6, s. 38
  • 2018, c. 21, s. 20
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