Criminal Code Forms: To aid people in gathering and presenting information to the court, the Criminal Code includes 54 standardized documents or forms. They range in complexity, some being simple to fill out while others require detailed information. The forms ensure the correct information is shared and play a specific role in the legal process, such as providing information for search warrants, demands for information from sex offenders, and more.
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What Are Criminal Code Forms?
Very close to the end of the Criminal Code can be found 54 forms that lawyers, peace officers and self-represented clients have to use to gather and present information to the court. These forms ensure that information is gathered and shared correctly, for the benefit of all parties in the judicial process
What Are the Functions of The Forms?
Each of the 54 forms each deal with a function or step in the legal process. For example, Form 1 provides what information is needed when applying for a search warrant. Form 5 is a "warrant to search." It demands that the name of the police force conducting the search be included, as well as what is being sought "on reasonable grounds" in the belief it is on the premises and during which hours the warrant is valid.
Many of the forms are very simple to fill out while others are much more detailed. For example, Form 52, Order to Comply with the Sex Offender Information Registration Act, lists eight points that are relevant to sex offenders whose names are to be included in the registry. That includes what information is gathered, how to correct any errors and the fact they can be fined or imprisoned for providing false information.