Criminal Code

Version of section 683 from 2003-01-01 to 2008-09-30:

Marginal note:Powers of court of appeal
  •  (1) For the purposes of an appeal under this Part, the court of appeal may, where it considers it in the interests of justice,

    • (a) order the production of any writing, exhibit or other thing connected with the proceedings;

    • (b) order any witness who would have been a compellable witness at the trial, whether or not he was called at the trial,

      • (i) to attend and be examined before the court of appeal, or

      • (ii) to be examined in the manner provided by rules of court before a judge of the court of appeal, or before any officer of the court of appeal or justice of the peace or other person appointed by the court of appeal for the purpose;

    • (c) admit, as evidence, an examination that is taken under subparagraph (b)(ii);

    • (d) receive the evidence, if tendered, of any witness, including the appellant, who is a competent but not compellable witness;

    • (e) order that any question arising on the appeal that

      • (i) involves prolonged examination of writings or accounts, or scientific or local investigation, and

      • (ii) cannot in the opinion of the court of appeal conveniently be inquired into before the court of appeal,

      be referred for inquiry and report, in the manner provided by rules of court, to a special commissioner appointed by the court of appeal;

    • (f) act on the report of a commissioner who is appointed under paragraph (e) in so far as the court of appeal thinks fit to do so; and

    • (g) amend the indictment, unless it is of the opinion that the accused has been misled or prejudiced in his defence or appeal.

  • Marginal note:Parties entitled to adduce evidence and be heard

    (2) In proceedings under this section, the parties or their counsel are entitled to examine or cross-examine witnesses and, in an inquiry under paragraph (1)(e), are entitled to be present during the inquiry, to adduce evidence and to be heard.

  • Marginal note:Virtual presence of parties

    (2.1) In proceedings under this section, the court of appeal may order that the presence of a party may be by any technological means satisfactory to the court that permits the court and the other party or parties to communicate simultaneously.

  • Marginal note:Virtual presence of witnesses

    (2.2) Sections 714.1 to 714.8 apply, with any modifications that the circumstances require, to examinations and cross-examinations of witnesses under this section.

  • Marginal note:Other powers

    (3) A court of appeal may exercise, in relation to proceedings in the court, any powers not mentioned in subsection (1) that may be exercised by the court on appeals in civil matters, and may issue any process that is necessary to enforce the orders or sentences of the court, but no costs shall be allowed to the appellant or respondent on the hearing and determination of an appeal or on any proceedings preliminary or incidental thereto.

  • Marginal note:Execution of process

    (4) Any process that is issued by the court of appeal under this section may be executed anywhere in Canada.

  • Marginal note:Power to order suspension

    (5) Where an appeal or an application for leave to appeal has been filed in the court of appeal, that court, or a judge of that court, may, where it considers it to be in the interests of justice, order that

    • (a) any obligation to pay a fine,

    • (b) any order of forfeiture or disposition of forfeited property,

    • (c) any order to make restitution under section 738 or 739,

    • (d) any obligation to pay a victim surcharge under section 737, or

    • (e) the conditions prescribed in a probation order under subsections 732.1(2) and (3)

    be suspended until the appeal has been determined.

  • Marginal note:Revocation of suspension order

    (6) The court of appeal may revoke any order it makes under subsection (5) where it considers the revocation to be in the interests of justice.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 683;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), s. 144, c. 23 (4th Supp.), s. 5;
  • 1995, c. 22, s. 10;
  • 1997, c. 18, ss. 97, 141;
  • 1999, c. 25, s. 15(Preamble);
  • 2002, c. 13, s. 67.
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