187. Where the defendant has transmitted a plea of not guilty, the proceedings shall be tried, subject to article 175, 176 or 177, by a judge of the judicial district where they were instituted.
Where the defendant is deemed to have transmitted a plea of not guilty, the proceedings may in addition be tried and judgment rendered
(1) by a judge of the judicial district where the place to which the plea and, as the case may be, the amount of the fine and costs are to be sent is situated; or
(2) by a judge of any other judicial district, if the chief judge, the senior associate chief judge or a coordinating judge is of the opinion that such a measure is in the interests of justice, particularly taking into account every person’s right to be tried within a reasonable time.
In the cases described in the second paragraph, the prosecutor may indicate that the proceedings must be tried by a judge of the judicial district where they were instituted.
The proceedings tried and judgment rendered in another judicial district, in accordance with the second paragraph, are deemed to have been tried and rendered in the judicial district where the proceedings were instituted.
1987, c. 96, a. 187; 2017, c. 15, s. 11.