Information

A document sworn in front of a justice of the peace, alleging that a person has committed an offence. An information is required for the issuance of some process, such as an arrest warrant, and is the document based upon which the trial for a summary conviction offence will occur.

The written allegation or charging document, under oath, in which a person (usually a police officer) alleges that another individual has committed one or more offences.

May be laid, in writing and under oath, before a judge or a justice of the peace, by someone who reasonably believes that a person has committed an indictable offence. If the judge or justice of the peace concludes that there is sufficient evidence of an offence, either a summons or warrant for the accused’s arrest may be issued.

The sworn statement that a person (usually a police officer) makes before a justice of the peace to commence a criminal prosecution.

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