Bill C-2

Fair and Efficient Criminal Trials Act

An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mega-trials)

This bill was tabled by Rob Nicholson on June 14, 2011.

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How does a bill become a law?

Don’t trust Schoolhouse Rock – that’s for Americans. To become a law, a bill in the Canada’s Parliament needs to go through the following steps, and pass when voted on during each step:

  • It all starts with the first reading, when the bill is introduced.
  • Next comes the second reading, when other MPs or Senators get to debate the bill.
  • After that, the bill goes to a committee that studies and amends it line-by-line. Once they finish, the bill goes returns to the House or Senate for the report stage, where anyone can propose amendments.
  • The third reading is the moment of truth: no more changes, just a debate and a final vote on whether or not the bill should pass.
  • If a bill makes it through all of those steps – in both the House of Commons and Senate – it’s ready to get Royal Assent and become a law.

Status of this Bill

Royal Assent

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  • Photo of Guy Caron
    Guy Caron spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act > Third Reading

    Mr. Speaker, I rise before the House for the second time this evening, this time, to speak to Bill C-54. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Ève Péclet
    Ève Péclet spoke about Government Orders > Safer Witnesses Act

    Mr. Speaker, if the parliamentary secretary thinks the NDP will vote with the Conservatives on a bill that violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and that prevents Canadians from enjoying their fundamental rights, he can think again. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Guy Caron
    Guy Caron spoke about Government Orders > Safer Witnesses Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague for the question. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dan Albas
    Dan Albas spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    March 18, 2013,   Parliament
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    Jack Harris spoke

    Thank you. ... more

    March 5, 2013,   Parliament
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    Jack Harris spoke about Routine Proceedings > Committees of the House > Justice and Human Rights

    moved: ... more

    Dec. 6, 2012,   Parliament
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    Jack Harris spoke about Routine Proceedings > Committees of the House > Justice and Human Rights

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to comment on the report that was just presented on organized crime. ... more

    March 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Scott Simms
    Scott Simms spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion—Closure and Time Allocation

    Mr. Speaker, I thank the House for allowing me to speak to this motion. I also thank my colleague for Windsor—Tecumseh for bringing this motion forward at this point. I want to look at the motion in detail because it is not just a simple statement that this is a bad sort of thing and that the government should not use time allocation as much as it does. The member provides some detail in the motion that I would like to talk about. ... more

    Nov. 25, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Scott Simms
    Scott Simms spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion--Closure and Time Allocation

    Mr. Speaker, there was some confusion earlier about the fact that no bill has received royal assent. For the record, since the election, Bill C-2, C-3, C-6, C-8, C-9, several bills have received royal assent. I do not know where that confusion is coming from. ... more

    Nov. 25, 2011,   Parliament
  • Mr. Jean-Marc Fournier (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Quebec, Government of Quebec) spoke

    Thank you very much. ... more

    Nov. 1, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Barry Devolin
    Barry Devolin spoke about Royal Assent > Message from the Senate

    I have the honour to inform the House that when the House did attend Her Honour, the deputy of His Excellency the Governor General in the Senate chamber, Her Honour was pleased to give, in Her Majesty's name, the royal assent to the following bills: ... more

    June 27, 2011,   Parliament
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    Barry Devolin spoke about Government Orders > Message from the Senate

    Before we resume debate, I have the honour to inform the House that messages have been received from the Senate informing this House that the Senate has passed the following bills: ... more

    June 23, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Routine Proceedings > Fair and Efficient Criminal Trials Act

    Pursuant to an order made on Thursday, June 16, Bill C-2, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mega-trials), is deemed concurred in at report stage and deemed read a third time and passed. ... more

    June 22, 2011,   Parliament
  • spoke about Routine Proceedings > Fair and Efficient Criminal Trials Act

    (Bill C-2. On the Order: Government Orders:) ... more

    June 22, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dave MacKenzie
    Dave MacKenzie spoke about Routine Proceedings > Committees of the House > Justice and Human Rights

    Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the first report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in relation to Bill C-2, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mega-trials). ... more

    June 22, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dave MacKenzie

    We'll carry on. ... more

    June 21, 2011,   Parliament
  • Ms. Anouk Desaulniers (Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section, Department of Justice) spoke

    As the minister mentioned earlier, Bill C-2 would allow the joint hearing of related motions presented in separate trials. When some of these separate trials are held in different jurisdictions, the chief judge appointing a case management judge to this joint hearing would also need to identify in which jurisdiction the joint hearing would take place. It's in that context and that context only that, for the single purpose of holding a joint hearing, a trial may be held in part in another jurisdiction.

    June 21, 2011,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Fair and Efficient Criminal Trials Act

    The House resumed consideration of the motion that Bill C-2, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mega-trials) be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    June 16, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Maria Mourani
    Maria Mourani spoke about Government Orders > Fair and Efficient Criminal Trials Act

    Mr. Speaker, since this is my first speech in the House, I would like to begin by thanking the people of Ahuntsic for placing their trust in me and re-electing me for a third term. I would like to assure them that I will do what I have always done: I will prove worthy of that trust. I am very proud to represent them here. I would also like to thank my family members who have always supported me during my election campaigns and my many terms in office. As we all know, to be a woman in politics who has children, you need a good husband and a good mother. Finally, I would like to thank my entire team, the election committee and the volunteers, as well as the members of the Bloc Québécois, who worked so hard during the election campaign. ... more

    June 16, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Irwin Cotler
    Irwin Cotler spoke about Government Orders > Fair and Efficient Criminal Trials Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to participate in this debate on the fair and efficient criminal trials act, otherwise known as Bill C-2, which is intended to address, not only the issue of megatrials but what has come to be known as the megatrial phenomenon. This phenomenon usually involves a large amount of complex evidence, numerous charges against multiple accused, the need to call many witnesses, multiple motions on matters of law, evidence, remedy--usually the constitutionalization of criminal law finds expression in this regard--and the related roles of the police, the crown, the defence attorney, the jury--and we should remember that not all of these trials involve a jury--the trial judge and case management judge. These trials have become all-consuming, resulting in a backlog in the current system, excessive delays and often an increased risk of mistrial. ... more

    June 16, 2011,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Fair and Efficient Criminal Trials Act

    The House resumed consideration of the motion that Bill C-2, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mega-trials), be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    June 16, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joe Comartin
    Joe Comartin spoke about Government Orders > Fair and Efficient Criminal Trials Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to Bill C-2, which has become known as the megatrials bill. ... more

    June 16, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kerry-Lynne Findlay
    Kerry-Lynne Findlay spoke about Government Orders > Fair and Efficient Criminal Trials Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am proud to be in this House today to join in the second reading debate on Bill C-2, Fair and Efficient Criminal Trials Act. This is an important bill to improve criminal procedure to cut the number of long, drawn-out trials sometimes referred to as megatrials. ... more

    June 16, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Christian Paradis
    Christian Paradis spoke about Government Orders > Fair and Efficient Criminal Trials Act

    moved that Bill C-2, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mega-trials), be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    June 16, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Oral Questions > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, having dealt with that, I can provide a full answer to the question from my friend, the House leader of the official opposition. ... more

    June 16, 2011,   Parliament
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