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What is a Crown pre-trial?
Your first package of disclosure will have instructions on how to schedule a Crown pre-trial.
The Crown pre-trial is the first chance to talk to the Crown about your case. The discussion takes place in private outside the courtroom. You should schedule a Crown pre-trial as soon as you have enough disclosure to have a meaningful talk about your case.
The purpose of the Crown pre-trial is to talk about your case with the Crown to:
- try to resolve your charges,
- ask the Crown to withdraw your charges if you complete diversion,
- address outstanding disclosure issues, and
- discuss trial issues, accommodation needs (such as an interpreter), and how long the trial will take.
If you have hired a lawyer, or have the help of duty counsel, they can ask for a Crown pre-trial.