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Criminal Code

Version of section 597 from 2019-12-18 to 2020-11-17:

Marginal note:Bench warrant

  •  (1) Where an indictment has been preferred against a person who is at large, and that person does not appear or remain in attendance for his trial, the court before which the accused should have appeared or remained in attendance may issue a warrant in Form 7 for his arrest.

  • Marginal note:Execution

    (2) A warrant issued under subsection (1) may be executed anywhere in Canada.

  • Marginal note:Interim release

    (3) If an accused is arrested under a warrant issued under subsection (1), a judge of the court that issued the warrant may make a release order referred to in section 515.

  • Marginal note:Discretion to postpone execution

    (4) A judge who issues a warrant may specify in the warrant the period before which the warrant shall not be executed, to allow the accused to appear voluntarily before a judge having jurisdiction in the territorial division in which the warrant was issued.

  • Marginal note:Deemed execution of warrant

    (5) Where the accused appears voluntarily for the offence in respect of which the accused is charged, the warrant is deemed to be executed.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 597
  • R.S., 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), s. 121
  • 1997, c. 18, s. 68
  • 2019, c. 25, s. 266
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