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Version of section 556 from 2004-06-01 to 2020-10-05:


Marginal note:Organization

  •  (1) An accused organization shall appear by counsel or agent.

  • Marginal note:Non-appearance

    (2) Where an accused organization does not appear pursuant to a summons and service of the summons on the organization is proved, the provincial court judge or, in Nunavut, the judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice

    • (a) may, if the charge is one over which the judge has absolute jurisdiction, proceed with the trial of the charge in the absence of the accused organization; and

    • (b) shall, if the charge is not one over which the judge has absolute jurisdiction, fix the date for the trial or the date on which the accused organization must appear in the trial court to have that date fixed.

  • Marginal note:Preliminary inquiry not requested

    (3) If an accused organization appears and a preliminary inquiry is not requested under subsection 536(4), the provincial court judge shall fix the date for the trial or the date on which the organization must appear in the trial court to have that date fixed.

  • Marginal note:Preliminary inquiry not requested — Nunavut

    (4) If an accused organization appears and a preliminary inquiry is not requested under subsection 536.1(3), the justice of the peace or the judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice shall fix the date for the trial or the date on which the organization must appear in the trial court to have that date fixed.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 556
  • R.S., 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), s. 107
  • 1999, c. 3, s. 40
  • 2002, c. 13, s. 34
  • 2003, c. 21, ss. 9, 22
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