Mr. ARMAND R. LaVERGNE (Mont-magny) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 7, to amend the Criminal Code.
He said: The object of the bill is to amend the Criminal Code in order, first, that the defence shall address the jury after the crown has done so. Up to the present time an accused has had to defend himself before knowing exactly how he would be attacked before the jury. The bill provides, secondly, that the judge presiding at the court should be allowed to comment on law only and not on facts. The third provision is that the assizes in the province of Quebec shall be presided over by judges of the session of appeal instead of judges of the Court of King's Bench.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.