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Criminal Code

Version of section 577 from 2003-01-01 to 2004-05-31:

Marginal note:Direct indictments

 In any prosecution,

  • (a) where a preliminary inquiry has not been held, an indictment shall not be preferred, or

  • (b) where a preliminary inquiry has been held and the accused has been discharged, an indictment shall not be preferred or a new information shall not be laid

before any court without,

  • (c) where the prosecution is conducted by the Attorney General or the Attorney General intervenes in the prosecution, the personal consent in writing of the Attorney General or Deputy Attorney General, or

  • (d) where the prosecution is conducted by a prosecutor other than the Attorney General and the Attorney General does not intervene in the prosecution, the written order of a judge of that court.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 577
  • R.S., 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), s. 115, c. 1 (4th Supp.), s. 18(F)

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