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Criminal Proceedings Rules for the Superior Court of Justice (Ontario) (SI/2012-7)

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Criminal Proceedings Rules for the Superior Court of Justice (Ontario)



Registration 2012-02-29

Criminal Proceedings Rules for the Superior Court of Justice (Ontario)

The Superior Court of Justice (Ontario), pursuant to subsections 482(1)Footnote 1 and (3)Footnote 2 of the Criminal Code, repeals the Ontario Court of Justice Criminal Proceedings RulesFootnote 3, the Ontario Rules of Practice Respecting Reduction in the Number of Years of Imprisonment Without Eligibility for ParoleFootnote 4 and the Rules Amending the Ontario Court of Justice Criminal Proceedings RulesFootnote 5 and hereby makes the annexed Criminal Proceedings Rules for the Superior Court of Justice (Ontario), effective March 1, 2012.

February 3, 2012

Chief Justice

Part I: General Matters [Rules 1-19]

Rule 1 Citation, Application and Interpretation


Short Title
  •  (1) These rules may be cited as the Criminal Proceedings Rules for the Superior Court of Justice (Ontario).

  • (2) In these Rules,

    • (a) all the provisions identified by the same number to the left of the decimal point comprise a Rule (for example, Rule 1, which consists of rules 1.01 to 1.06);

    • (b) a provision identified by a number with a decimal point is a rule (for example, rule 1.01); and

    • (c) a rule may be subdivided into

      • (i) subrules (for example, subrule 1.01(1)),

      • (ii) paragraphs (for example, paragraph 1.01(2)(a) or 4.06(1)(b)), and

      • (iii) subparagraphs (for example, subparagraph 1.01(2)(c)(i) or 4.08(11)(a)(i)).

Alternative References
  • (3) In a proceeding in the court, it is sufficient to refer to a rule or subdivision of a rule as a “rule” followed by the number of the rule, subrule, paragraph or subparagraph (for example, rule 1.01, rule 1.01(2), rule l.01(2)(c), rule 1.01(2)(c)(iii)).

  • SI/2014-5, s. 1(E)

Application of Rules

Superior Court of Justice
  •  (1) These rules are enacted pursuant to subsection 482(1) of the Criminal Code and apply to prosecutions, proceedings, applications and appeals, as the case may be, within the jurisdiction of the Superior Court of Justice, instituted in relation to any matter of a criminal nature or arising from or incidental to any such prosecution, proceeding, application or appeal.

Parole Ineligibility Review Hearings
Transitional Provisions
  • SI/2014-5, s. 2


 In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires,


affidavit means a written statement in Form 4 confirmed by oath, or a solemn affirmation; (affidavit)


appellant means a person who brings an appeal; (appelant)


applicant means a person who makes an application; (requérant)


application means a proceeding commenced by notice of application in Form 1, whether described in the enabling legislation or other authority as an application or motion; (demande)


Charter means the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; (Charte)


Code means Criminal Code; (Code)


county includes a district or a regional, district or metropolitan municipality; (comté)


court means the Superior Court of Justice in the county or district in which a proceeding is pending or being heard, as the case may be; (tribunal)

court office

court office means the office of the registrar in the county, district or group of counties in which the proceeding is commenced; (greffe)


deliver means serve and file with proof of service, and delivery has a corresponding meaning; (remettre)


document includes a notice of application, notice of appeal, supplementary notice of appeal, affidavit or any other material required or permitted to be served and filed under these rules; (document)


hearing means the hearing of an application, motion, reference, appeal or assessment of costs, or a trial; (audience)


holiday means,

  • (i) any Saturday or Sunday,

  • (ii) New Year’s Day,

  • (iii) Good Friday,

  • (iv) Easter Monday,

  • (v) Victoria Day,

  • (vi) Canada Day,

  • (vii) Civic Holiday,

  • (viii) Labour Day,

  • (ix) Thanksgiving Day,

  • (x) Remembrance Day,

  • (xi) Christmas Day,

  • (xii) Boxing Day, and

  • (xiii) any special holiday proclaimed by the Governor General or the Lieutenant Governor, and

  • (xiv) where New Year’s Day, Canada Day or Remembrance Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday is a holiday, and where Christmas Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday and Tuesday are holidays, and where Christmas Day falls on a Friday, the following Monday is a holiday; (jour férié)


indictment includes an information; (acte d’accusation)


judge means a judge of the court; (juge)


judgment means a decision that finally disposes of an application, trial, appeal or other proceeding on its merits and includes a judgment entered in consequence of the default of a party; (jugement)


order includes a judgment; (ordonnance)

originating process

originating process includes a notice of application and notice of appeal; (acte introductif d’instance)


proceeding includes a trial, application, appeal or other hearing; ( instance)


prosecutor means the Attorney General or, where the Attorney General does not intervene, means the person who institutes proceedings to which the Code applies, and includes solicitors acting on behalf of either of them; (poursuivant)


registrar means the Registrar of the Superior Court of Justice, or a local registrar of the Superior Court of Justice, as the circumstances may require; (greffier)


region means a region described in Ontario Regulation 705/89; (région)


respondent means a person against whom an application is made or an appeal is brought, as the circumstances may require; (intimé)


solicitor means a barrister and solicitor entitled to practise in the Province of Ontario; (avocat)

solicitor of record

solicitor of record means the solicitor who represents or represented the accused in the proceedings that are the subject of the application or the appeal; (procureur)


statute includes the Code and any other statute passed by the Parliament of Canada to which the Code provisions apply. (loi)

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