The statutory definition of criminal negligence involves doing any act or omitting to do a legal duty that shows ‘wanton or reckless disregard for the lives or safety of others.’ Use of the words ‘others’ suggests that only attacks on human beings, rather than pets, livestock or inanimate property, can trigger charges under this statute. In alleged criminal cases, it is the State rather than the attack victim who lays the charges.
219(1) Criminal negligence
shows wanton or reckless disregard for the lives or safety of other persons.
For the purposes of this section, "duty" means a duty imposed by law.
220. Causing death by criminal negligence
Every person who by criminal negligence causes death to another person is guilty of an indictable offence and liable
1995, c. 39, s. 141