Presumption of innocence

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

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.


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.

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