An accused who believes an indictment does not provide sufficient detail to allow him/her to know the charge against him/her, may move for particulars under section 587 of the Code. The applicant must convince the court that particulars are “necessary for a fair trial”.
Particulars are intended to supplement an indictment that is not sufficiently informative to ensure a fair trial. Particulars may be ordered by a trial Judge, but not by a Justice presiding at a preliminary inquiry. Particulars ordered on essential elements of the offence pursuant to section 587 become part of the charge itself and must be proved by the Crown.1 In the Ontario Court of Justice the procedure for the service and filing of a motion for particulars is contained in Rule 29.

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