Marginal note:Prima facie case to be made every two years
672.33 (1) The court that has jurisdiction in respect of the offence charged against an accused who is found unfit to stand trial shall hold an inquiry, not later than two years after the verdict is rendered and every two years thereafter until the accused is acquitted pursuant to subsection (6) or tried, to decide whether sufficient evidence can be adduced at that time to put the accused on trial.
Marginal note:Court may order inquiry to be held
(2) On application of the accused, the court may order an inquiry under this section to be held at any time if it is satisfied, on the basis of the application and any written material submitted by the accused, that there is reason to doubt that there is a prima facie case against the accused.
Marginal note:Burden of proof
(3) At an inquiry under this section, the burden of proof that sufficient evidence can be adduced to put the accused on trial is on the prosecutor.
Marginal note:Admissible evidence at an inquiry
(4) In an inquiry under this section, the court shall admit as evidence
(a) any affidavit containing evidence that would be admissible if given by the person making the affidavit as a witness in court; or
(b) any certified copy of the oral testimony given at a previous inquiry or hearing held before a court in respect of the offence with which the accused is charged.
Marginal note:Conduct of inquiry
(5) The court may determine the manner in which an inquiry under this section is conducted and may follow the practices and procedures in respect of a preliminary inquiry under Part XVIII where it concludes that the interests of justice so require.
Marginal note:Where prima facie case not made
(6) Where, on the completion of an inquiry under this section, the court is satisfied that sufficient evidence cannot be adduced to put the accused on trial, the court shall acquit the accused.
- 1991, c. 43, s. 4
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