Generally, the definition of homicide involves the taking, directly or indirectly, of someone’s life; and includes first-degree murder, second-degree murder, infanticide and manslaughter. The Crown Prosecutor in conjunction with the police will determine what form of homicide prevails in the circumstances based on the accused’s state of mind, which requires a prosecutorial assessment of culpability. These are the most serious offences in the Criminal Code of Canada; and they attract the lengthiest jail terms in Canada. This article will provide general information on this area of criminal law.
First Degree Murder
Second Degree Murder