Please explain Section 119 (1) of the Criminal Code of Canada -- bribery of judicial officers.   

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This section of the criminal code is defining what bribery of a public official means.  It sets out what public officials must not do but does not address what members of the public must not do.  So it is aimed only at regulating the conduct of officials.

In general, this section says that no public official may get or try to get anything of value in return for doing or not doing something in his or her official capacity.

For example:

  • You can't accept a job for your son in return for making a new rule that will benefit the person offerring the job.
  • You can't take money in order to ignore violations of rules.

These examples are not given in the text of the law, but they are examples of what the law means when it talks about "valuable consideration" and "in respect of anything done or ommitted to be done."

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