Quasi-criminal offences refer to offences not outlined in the Criminal Code. These include provincial offences such as building code, fire code, health code, etc. Because quasi-criminal cases have to do with regulatory or administrative law, they are not categorized as criminal cases. The punishments for quasi-criminal offences vary; they range from jail time, fines, or loss of a license (such as driver’s or liquor license). These types of consequences can interfere with work and one’s personal freedom.
There are differences between the procedures of a quasi-criminal case and a criminal case. For one, a judge does not preside over a quasi-criminal case; instead, panels of experts are given decision-making powers. In certain cases, a justice of the peace may be present. Secondly, procedures are less strict, though consequences accompanying quasi-criminal charges are not.
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