Glossary of Legal Terms
The voluntary agreement of the complainant to engage in the sexual activity in question.
Lawyers who act for the federal, provincial and territorial governments and prosecute people accused of crimes on behalf of the Crown.
Indictable offences are the most serious offences under the Criminal Code and they come with more serious punishments, up to a maximum penalty of life in prison.
The Supreme Court of Canada has said that reasonable doubt “falls much closer to absolute certainty than to proof on a balance of probabilities” and “that something less than absolute certainty is required, and that something more than probable guilt is required."
An assault of a sexual nature that violates the sexual integrity of the victim. The Supreme Court has ruled that the act of sexual assault does not depend solely on contact with any specific part of the human anatomy but rather if the act violates the sexual integrity of the victim.
Anything used, designed to be used or intended for the use of causing death or injury to any person or threatening or intimidating any person. It can also be anything that is used to bind or tie someone up against their will