Criminal Code

Version of section 486.2 from 2014-06-19 to 2015-07-22:

Marginal note:Testimony outside court room — witnesses under 18 or who have a disability
  •  (1) Despite section 650, in any proceedings against an accused, the judge or justice shall, on application of the prosecutor, of a witness who is under the age of eighteen years or of a witness who is able to communicate evidence but may have difficulty doing so by reason of a mental or physical disability, order that the witness testify outside the court room or behind a screen or other device that would allow the witness not to see the accused, unless the judge or justice is of the opinion that the order would interfere with the proper administration of justice.

  • Marginal note:Other witnesses

    (2) Despite section 650, in any proceedings against an accused, the judge or justice may, on application of the prosecutor or a witness, order that the witness testify outside the court room or behind a screen or other device that would allow the witness not to see the accused if the judge or justice is of the opinion that the order is necessary to obtain a full and candid account from the witness of the acts complained of.

  • Marginal note:Application

    (2.1) An application referred to in subsection (1) or (2) may be made, during the proceedings, to the presiding judge or justice or, before the proceedings begin, to the judge or justice who will preside at the proceedings.

  • Marginal note:Factors to be considered

    (3) In making a determination under subsection (2), the judge or justice shall take into account the factors referred to in subsection 486.1(3).

  • Marginal note:Specific offences

    (4) Despite section 650, if an accused is charged with an offence referred to in subsection (5), the presiding judge or justice may order that any witness testify

    • (a) outside the court room if the judge or justice is of the opinion that the order is necessary to protect the safety of the witness; and

    • (b) outside the court room or behind a screen or other device that would allow the witness not to see the accused if the judge or justice is of the opinion that the order is necessary to obtain a full and candid account from the witness of the acts complained of.

  • Marginal note:Offences

    (5) The offences for the purposes of subsection (4) are

    • (a) an offence under section 423.1, 467.11, 467.111, 467.12 or 467.13, or a serious offence alleged to have been committed for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with, a criminal organization;

    • (b) a terrorism offence;

    • (c) an offence under subsection 16(1) or (2), 17(1), 19(1), 20(1) or 22(1) of the Security of Information Act; or

    • (d) an offence under subsection 21(1) or section 23 of the Security of Information Act that is committed in relation to an offence referred to in paragraph (c).

  • Marginal note:Same procedure for determination

    (6) If the judge or justice is of the opinion that it is necessary for a witness to testify in order to determine whether an order under subsection (2) or (4) should be made in respect of that witness, the judge or justice shall order that the witness testify in accordance with that subsection.

  • Marginal note:Conditions of exclusion

    (7) A witness shall not testify outside the court room under subsection (1), (2), (4) or (6) unless arrangements are made for the accused, the judge or justice and the jury to watch the testimony of the witness by means of closed-circuit television or otherwise and the accused is permitted to communicate with counsel while watching the testimony.

  • Marginal note:No adverse inference

    (8) No adverse inference may be drawn from the fact that an order is, or is not, made under this section.

  • 2005, c. 32, s. 15;
  • 2014, c. 17, s. 12.
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