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NCJ Number: 160314 Find in a Library
Title: Birth of a Criminal Code: The Evolution of Canada's Justice System
Editor(s): D H Brown
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 539
Sponsoring Agency: University of Toronto Press
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2W8, Canada
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8020-3472-1
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Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: In describing the evolution of Canada's Criminal Code and criminal justice system, this book is intended for use by historians, lawyers, and the general public.
Abstract: Canada's first Criminal Code, promulgated in 1893, was one of the country's most significant legal instruments since it marked the first major departure of Canada from English legal traditions. The Criminal Code represented an attempt to make the law accessible and responsive to all Canadians. The Canada Evidence Act was enacted in 1893, along with the Criminal Code, and this act gave accused persons the right to be competent witnesses. The Criminal Code and the Canada Evidence Act formed the basis of Canadian criminal law. Documents compiled in the book illustrate the historical evolution of Canada's Criminal Code and criminal justice system. They include documents from the Department of Justice, correspondence, and the proceedings of debates in the House of Commons and the Senate.
Main Term(s): Foreign courts
Index Term(s): Canada; Foreign criminal codes; Foreign criminal justice systems; Rights of the accused; Rules of evidence; World criminology
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