Presumption of innocence
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Criminal Law, 7/e$75.00 – $120.00
Requirement in section 11(d) of the Charter that the Crown prove the accused’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The Crown must prove not only the elements of the offence but all matters essential for conviction, including the non-availability of relevant defences.
The principle, now protected by section 11(d) of the Charter, that everyone accused of a crime is presumed to be innocent until the Crown has proven the accused’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a judge or jury.