Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the difference between a summary conviction offence and an indictable offence?

    Summary conviction offenses are less serious offences. Indictable offences have more severe punishments available and they are processed differently than summary conviction offences by the court.

  • What is a hybrid offence?

    Hybrid or dual offences can be treated as either summary conviction or indictable. The decision whether to treat a hybrid offence as summary conviction or indictable is made by the provincial Attorney General, who bases the decision on the circumstances of the case and the past behaviour of the accused person.