After charges are laid, the trajectory of a typical case through the justice system depends on the decisions you make along the way. The basic steps are as follows. 


  1. Bail or Release from Police Station

  2. First Court Appearance

  3. Disclosure provided by Crown Attorney

  4. Crown pretrial meeting

  5. Judicial Pretrial if required

  6. If applicable, resolution by way of withdrawal, peace bond, guilty plea, etc. 

  7. Schedule date for trial (or possibly for a preliminary inquiry in indictable matters)

  8. Preliminary Inquiry, if applicable

  9. Further Judicial Pretrial in Superior Court, if applicable

  10. File Applications regarding constitutional or other legal arguments

  11. Trial of the matter 


The foregoing steps are a simplified overview of a process that can take months or even years to complete. Any given case has the potential to require more or less time to resolve depending on the decisions you make along the way. If you have any questions about criminal procedure, please contact us for more information.  

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