Election by the Crown

Filed Under: Criminal Law

2 definitions found for this term.
Definitions are presented in the order source books were published (most recent first).


Hybrid offences can be tried either by indictment or on summary conviction. The Crown elects which mode of trial will be used.


The choice given to the Crown to decide whether to prosecute cases involving dual procedure offences as a summary conviction or an indictable offence. The Crown is more likely to proceed by indictment if the circumstances of the offence are more serious than a typical case, or if the accused is a repeat offender.

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