CRIMINAL COURT MATTERS

 
A LICENSED PARALEGAL CAN ONLY REPRESENT INDIVIDUALS IN WHAT IS KNOWN AS SUMMARY CONVICTION CHARGES.


Categories of Criminal Offences

The main categories of criminal offences in Canada are summary conviction offences and indictable offences.

  • summary offence is a criminal act that can be proceeded with summarily, without the right to a jury trial and/or indictment (required for an indictable offence).
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  • An indictable offence is an offence which can only be tried on an indictment after a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is a prima facie case to answer or by a grand jury (in contrast to a summary offence). In trials for indictable offences, the accused normally has the right to a jury trial, unless he or she waives that right.

IF YOU ARE CHARGED WITH AN INDICTABLE OFFENCE THEN YOU NEED TO BE REPRESENTED BY A LAWYER. 

PLEASE NOTE:   i CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH REFERRALS TO LAWYERS WHO PRACTICE                                             CRIMINAL LAW BUT I DO NOT WORK WITH THEM OR FOR THEM.