An Act to amend the Criminal Code (bail for persons charged with violent offences), the Extradition Act and the Youth Criminal Justice Act

This bill was last introduced in the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in September 2008.

This bill was previously introduced in the 39th Parliament, 1st Session.

Sponsor

Myron Thompson  Conservative

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Not active, as of Sept. 18, 2006
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

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This enactment repeals section 522 of the Criminal Code to remove the power of a judge of a superior court of criminal jurisdiction to grant interim release to a person accused of one of the very serious offences listed in section 469. These offences are

(a) an offence under any of the following sections:

(i) section 47 (treason),

(ii) section 49 (alarming Her Majesty),

(iii) section 51 (intimidating Parliament or a legislature),

(iv) section 53 (inciting to mutiny),

(v) section 61 (seditious offences),

(vi) section 74 (piracy),

(vii) section 75 (piratical acts), or

(viii) section 235 (murder);

(b) the offence of being an accessory after the fact to high treason or treason or murder;

(c) an offence under section 119 (bribery of judicial officers);

(c.1) an offence under any of sections 4 to 7 of the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act;

(d) the offence of attempting to commit any offence mentioned in any of subparagraphs (a)(i) to (vii); and

(e) the offence of conspiring to commit any offence mentioned in paragraph (a).

The enactment also prohibits the interim release of a person accused of an offence under section 264 (criminal harassment), 272 (sexual assault with a weapon, threats to a third party or causing bodily harm) or 273 (aggravated sexual assault), if there is direct evidence of identification. It provides that, if an application for the interim release of such a person is brought before a justice, and the justice is satisfied that there is credible or trustworthy evidence of identification of the accused by a victim or witness, the application must be refused.

The enactment also makes related amendments to the Extradition Act and the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

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Criminal CodeRoutine Proceedings

September 18th, 2006 / 3:35 p.m.
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Conservative

Myron Thompson Conservative Wild Rose, AB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-350, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (bail for persons charged with violent offences), the Extradition Act and the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to table this private member's bill today on behalf of a number of victims across the country who have been asking for this judgment for some time.

This enactment would repeal section 522 of the Criminal Code to remove the power of a judge of a superior court of criminal jurisdiction to grant interim release to a person accused of one of the very serious offences listed in section 469. That list is quite extensive, everything from treason to murder, serious sexual assaults, and many other very violent and very serious charges.

This would eliminate bailing these people out once they were arrested and charged, and thus would provide better safety to our communities.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)