S.M. 1989-90, c. 31
Bill 66, 2nd Session, 34th Legislature
The Summary Convictions Amendment Act
(Assented to March 8, 1990)
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:
1 The Summary Convictions Act is amended by this Act.
2 Section 7 is repealed and the following is substituted:
7(1) Notwithstanding any provision of this or any other Act of the Legislature respecting penalties, if a justice is satisfied from the evidence at a trial, or from information received after a plea of guilty, that an offence with which an accused is charged occurred through accident or under circumstances not wholly attributable to the fault of the accused, the justice may
(a) where a minimum fine is prescribed, impose a fine that is less than the minimum;
(b) reprimand the accused;
(c) suspend the sentence;
(d) grant a conditional or absolute discharge.
7(2) Where a disposition is made under subsection (1), and the proceedings are not recorded by a person authorized to record or transcribe evidence and proceedings in writing or by a device authorized under section 27 of The Manitoba Evidence Act, the justice shall record the reasons for the disposition on the information or offence notice, or on a page that shall then be attached to the information or offence notice, and signed by the justice.
3 The following heading and section are added after section 20:
20.1(1) After the time for requesting a new hearing under subsections 17(7), 19(2) and 20(3) expires, a justice who is satisfied on application that exceptional circumstances exist may, at any time, order a new hearing.
20.1(2) A justice who makes an order under subsection (1) shall record the reasons for making it on a page that shall be signed by the justice and attached to the information or offence notice.
4 This Act comes into force on royal assent.