Direct indictment

A Crown prosecutor has the ability, under section 577 of the Criminal Code, to prefer a “direct indictment,” which has the effect of requiring an accused to be placed on trial for the indictable offence charged therein, either without a preliminary inquiry having been held or completed, or despite a discharge at the preliminary inquiry. This power can be used only with the personal consent in writing of the Attorney General or Deputy Attorney General. Also referred to as a “preferred indictment.”

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