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Glossary


Direct Indictment

Direct indictments are issued in some very serious cases. This means Crown counsel can, with the written consent of the Attorney General or Deputy Attorney General of British Columbia, have the case go directly to the Supreme Court of British Columbia without a preliminary inquiry (Section 577 of the Criminal Code of Canada (http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/c-46/). The length and the complexity of the case are factors in choosing to proceed by direct indictment. In such a case, all future court appearances will be held in the Supreme Court of BC.

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