PSYC 3310 Lecture 7: Psychology and Law Chapters 7. exam 2 prep

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In canada juries are used for civil and criminal cases. Carried over from england to british colonies in mid 1700s. In civil trials it is not specifically preserved to have a jury. The least serious offense is summary offences, in a lower court with judge only and accused has no right to a jury trial. Disturbing the peace, solicitation of prostitution, and assault. Punishable by no more than 6 months in jail, a fine no more than or both. But certain offencese such as assault with weapon goes for 18 months. Juries are reserved for the most serious class of offences, indictable offenses include murder, treason, piracy, the accused will be tried in a superior court before judge and jury. But can also be done with just judge if crown and defence request. Hybrid offence or either way offence, crown has option to roceed either summarily (by judge) or by indictment (judge and jury)

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