Glossary

safety plan

In COVID‑19 Abuse and Family Violence, Abuse and Family Violence, Elder abuse, Domestic violence

A safety plan is a list of actions that someone can take to avoid dangerous situations or if they’re in danger.

Safety plans usually include ways for someone to stay safe:

  • when they’re in a dangerous, risky, or abusive relationship,
  • when they’re planning to leave, and
  • after they leave the relationship.
scam

In Abuse and Family Violence, Elder abuse, Debt and Consumer Rights, Scams

Scams and frauds are crimes where people lie, cheat, use someone else’s personal information, or break the law to get money or something for themselves.

Common examples are identity theft, credit card fraud, email and online fraud, and phone and door-to-door sales scams.

search warrant

In Criminal Law

A search warrant is an order from a court that lets the police search a specific place for specific items.

secondary designated offence

In Criminal Law

A “secondary designated offence” is a serious offence, such as assault, uttering threats, and serious drug related offences. If you’re convicted of a secondary designated offence, the court may ask for a DNA sample from you. If a sample is taken, a record of your DNA sample will be kept the National DNA Data Bank.

section 469 offence

In Criminal Law

An accused person charged with an indictable offence usually has the choice of a trial in the Ontario Court of Justice or in the Superior Court of Justice. The offences listed in section 469 can only have trials in the Superior Court of Justice. The offences listed in section 469 include:

  • treason
  • alarming Her Majesty
  • intimidating Parliament or a legislature
  • piracy, and
  • murder
section 524 application

In Criminal Law

If you’re arrested and held for a bail hearing while already on a recognizance of bail, the Crown can apply to have the recognizance of bail cancelled. They do this by making an application under section 524 of the Criminal Code. If the Crown does this, your bail hearing will address both your new charges, and the charges for which you previously had bail.

section 810 recognizance

In Criminal Law

A recognizance under section 810 of the Criminal Code is also known as an 810 peace bond. If you sign a section 810 peace bond, you will be required to follow certain conditions for up to 1 year.

If you don’t follow the conditions of your peace bond, you can be charged with the criminal offence breach of recognizance.

secured creditor

In Debt and Consumer Rights

A secured creditor is any person or business that holds collateral for money you owe them. For example, a mortgage lender is a secured creditor because they hold your house as security for the loan, and can take your house if you do not pay your mortgage loan.

secured debt

In Debt and Consumer Rights

A secured debt is when you owe money to a person or business that is guaranteed with collateral. For example, a car loan is a secured debt because your lender can take your car if you do not pay back the loan.

security of the person

In Criminal Law

Security of the person is a right protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It means that you have the right to the health and privacy of your body, including the physical integrity of your body. But, rights that are protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms are not absolute and in some situations your rights may not be protected.

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