summary offence

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Related to Summary conviction offence: Indictable offense, Summary offense

summary offence

an offence which is charged in a summary court and which accordingly attracts a lesser sentence. The summary court will not have a jury. In the UK such courts are found in the Magistrates Court and the Sheriff Court. See INDICTABLE OFFENCE.
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Previously, crimes against livestock were indictable offences while those against companion animals were summary conviction offences. Now the Crown decides in each case based on its circumstances.
If you are a reader of true crime or a watcher of the courts, you will have heard of American crimes categorized as felonies or misdemeanours, and perhaps have heard of Canadian crimes categorized as indictable or summary conviction offences. You may also have heard of accused persons being asked if they elect a trial by judge and jury, by judge alone, or by provincial court judge alone.
* summary conviction offences which are the least serious.
Marsolais is also the coordinator with the Odawa Aboriginal Community Justice Program (OACJP), a diversion program for First Nations, Metis and Inuit people charged with summary conviction offences in Ottawa.
refers to indictable offences (serious) and summary conviction offences
After they were found guilty of summary conviction offences, three aboriginal men filed notices of appeal, which did not focus on their convictions, but rather argued that they were not subject to the laws of Canada, or the province of Alberta because their forefathers had not entered into treaties with the Crown in this respect.

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