Reasonable Doubt: Peace bonds demystified and online surveillance bill criticized

A peace bond is a court order designed to prevent a person from committing or recommitting a crime that has an aspect of violence (i.e. assault, uttering threats, and criminal harassment).[…]The peace bond information can be laid either at the outset of a matter or after criminal charges of another nature have been laid. If a criminal charge has been laid, Crown counsel can decide to proceed by way of a peace bond as opposed to continuing with the criminal charge. Crown counsel will look at all of the circumstances in making this determination. They will consider things like the seriousness of the alleged act (if the act giving rise to the charge is not that serious, a peace bond may be sufficient to address the harm done), whether the accused has a criminal record, if this has occurred before in the past, is there still a relationship between the two parties and what is it?

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