Introduction
Introduction

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Glossary

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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Indictable Offence: A more serious offence than a summary conviction offence. See Summary Conviction Offence and Hybrid Offence.

Indictment: The process of dealing with more serious (indictable) offences, allowing the accused to elect the mode of trial. In Supreme Court the document containing the formal list of charges is also called the "Indictment."

Information: The formal document charging criminal offences at the Provincial Court level.

Illegal: Something that is against a specific law such as those found in the Criminal Code of Canada.

Impartial: Means not being biased, that is, not favouring one person or side more than another.

Independent: Free from the authority, control, or domination of somebody or something else. A person is capable of thinking or acting without consultation with or guidance from others.

Innocent until proven guilty: The burden of proof in a criminal case. It means that a person accused of a crime is innocent until the judge or the jury decides that the evidence presented at the trial proves that he or she committed the crime.

Interference: Involvement in something without any invitation or justification.

Interim Order: It is an order made by the court that serves as a temporary measure until something more complete and permanent can be decided.

Issues: Legal matters in dispute between two parties in a case.

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