Criminal Defense (Summary Convictions)

Pursuant to s. 91 of the Constitution Act, 1867, criminal law falls under federal jurisdiction, granting parliament exclusive power to make laws in relation to criminal law except for the constitution of courts of criminal jurisdiction, but including the procedure in criminal matters.

Accordingly, federal legislation, such as the Criminal Code (Code) and the Controlled Drugs and substances act, governs criminal law and procedure across Canada. In Ontario, criminal trials for adults (ages 18 and over) are conducted in two trial courts, the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice. Trials that take place in the Ontario court of justice are presided over by a judge sitting alone.

D.A. Commissioning & Legal Services provides summary convictions in Ontario across Barrie, Innisfil, Orillia,
Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, and New Tecumseth.