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A group of lay ordinary persons who try issues of fact. The answer to the question of whether a trial will be by judge alone or judge and jury depends on whether or not a jury trial is available according to the law in the particular state or province.

If a jury trial is available, one needs to consider the functions of the judge and the jury. Generally the judge makes determinations of law and the jury makes determinations of fact.  



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In Ontario, as in all of Canada, the offences of impaired driving and over 80 generally proceed by summary conviction procedure and so trials are generally before a judge alone sitting in the Ontario Court of Justice. In cases whwere the individual has a long criminal record or there are very serious facts the Crown attorney may decide to elect to proceed by indictment and the matter will be tried in the Superior Court of Ontario. In the latter case a jury is a possibility, but is most unusual.

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Jury trials in Canada are available only for indictable offences and hybrid offences where the Crown elects to proceed by indictment.

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees a jury trial for indictable offences with a maximum punishment of 5 years or more.

For procedure in jury trials see Part XX of the Criminal Code.

Section 553 of the Criminal Code provides a list of offences which will not be tried by a jury even if they are indictable. Section 469 of the Criminal Code provides a list of offences which will always be dealt with in Superior Court and probably with a jury. There are very many indictable offences not listed in section 553 or 469 for which the accused may choose (election of accused) where he or she wants to be tried - provincial court, superior court judge alone or superior court judge and jury.



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