Criminal Code

Version of section 486.3 from 2006-01-02 to 2015-07-22:

Marginal note:Accused not to cross-examine witness under 18
  •  (1) In any proceedings against an accused, on application of the prosecutor or a witness who is under the age of eighteen years, the accused shall not personally cross-examine the witness, unless the judge or justice is of the opinion that the proper administration of justice requires the accused to personally conduct the cross-examination. The judge or justice shall appoint counsel to conduct the cross-examination if the accused does not personally conduct the cross-examination.

  • Marginal note:Other witnesses

    (2) In any proceedings against an accused, on application of the prosecutor or a witness, the accused shall not personally cross-examine the witness if the judge or justice is of the opinion that, in order to obtain a full and candid account from the witness of the acts complained of, the accused should not personally cross-examine the witness. The judge or justice shall appoint counsel to conduct the cross-examination if the accused does not personally conduct the cross-examination.

  • 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:Victim of criminal harassment

    (4) In any proceedings in respect of an offence under section 264, on application of the prosecutor or the victim of the offence, the accused shall not personally cross-examine the victim unless the judge or justice is of the opinion that the proper administration of justice requires the accused to personally conduct the cross-examination. The judge or justice shall appoint counsel to conduct the cross-examination if the accused does not personally conduct the cross-examination.

  • Marginal note:Application

    (4.1) An application referred to in subsection (1), (2) or (4) 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:No adverse inference

    (5) No adverse inference may be drawn from the fact that counsel is, or is not, appointed under this section.

  • 2005, c. 32, s. 15.
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