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What is an "indictable offence" in Canada?

 
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Captain Willard



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 8:13 am    Post subject: What is an "indictable offence" in Canada? Reply with quote

I am doing some research and need to know what this means.

Is it a serious or minor offense?

Please advise.

Thanks!

C. W.
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santi84



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Canada has 3 categories:
Indictable
Hybrid (can be prosecuted as either indictable or summary)
Summary

An "indictable" offence is the most severe and is sort of the equivalent of a "felony" in the US. Indictable offences in Canada mean the accused must appear in court and there are no limitations (ie. murder, aggravated assault, sexual assault, very serious financial crimes).

A summary offence is similar to a misdemeanor (ie. may not have to appear in court).

I'm sure there's more information about this online somewhere, this is just my recollection from my pre-TESL career... Laughing
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