Legal Studies 3080

Section 3 - The Crime, The Arrest and the Pre-Trial Procedures

Lesson 4 - Pre-Trial Procedures

As we covered earlier, criminal offences in Canada are divided into three categories:

  • summary conviction offences, which are relatively minor offences (such as common assault or causing a disturbance),
  • indictable offences, which are more serious offences (such as break and enter or murder), and
  • hybrid offences, which are offences that the Crown can decide to treat as summary conviction offences or as indictable offences, depending on their severity (such as sexual assault)