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Assault and Battery Laws in Canada

Part VIII of the Criminal Code / Against the Person and Reputation

Using or Threatening Violence

If you have been charged with a crime in Canada, you should consult with a criminal defence lawyer in your area

Assault and Battery - Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Legal Terms

Crown prosecutor

Lawyers who act for the federal, provincial and territorial governments and prosecute people accused of crimes on behalf of the Crown.

Indictable offence

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.

Reasonable doubt

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."

Summary conviction

Summary convictions are used for lesser offences with penalties, fines and short jail time. They reflect the majority of offences as defined in the Code.


Someone who gives evidence in a court proceeding. Witnesses usually possess knowledge or proof that is relevant to the facts of a case and they convey their relevant knowledge under oath.

Assault and Battery - Tagged With:
Code Citations: s.265 , s.270 (1) , s.271 , Section 272 (1) , s.273 (1)
Assault and Battery - Referenced Links