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Title: disclosure
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This is the information that the police and Crown have about your case. The Crown must give you all the disclosure they have about your case, unless it is covered by privilege. The disclosure may include:

  • police officer’s notes
  • witness statements
  • surveillance video and photos
  • financial documents
  • medical records

It will be given to you on an ongoing basis as it made available to the Crown by the investigating police officers. You may have to go to court more than once to get all of your disclosure. You should wait until you have all of your disclosure before deciding whether to plead guilty.

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When you miss a court date the court might order a special kind of warrant called a discretionary bench warrant. With a discretionary bench warrant, the court adjourns your case without ordering a bench warrant for your arrest. They will set a new date for your case. If a discretionary bench warrant is ordered, the police will not arrest you, but if you fail to show up on the new date, the discretionary bench warrant will usually become a full bench warrant and you may be arrested.

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Discrimination happens when an employer, landlord, service provider, or organization you are a member of harasses you, treats you differently or unfairly, or refuses to accommodate you because of personal differences that are listed in the Human Rights Code. Examples of personal differences include a person’s ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability.  

Examples of discrimination include when an employer refuses to accommodate your disability in a way that would not cause them undue hardship. Or a landlord refuses to rent to you because of your ethnic origin. Or a travel agent refuses to serve you because of your sexual orientation. Or a trade union refuses to let you join because of your disability.

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This is a criminal offence. If you disobey a court order, including a peace bond you can be charged with this offence.  If you are convicted, you can be sentenced to up to two years in jail.

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A disposition order is a final order from a judge. For example, you need a disposition order before an enforcement officer can seize and sell someone’s personal property.

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A dispute resolution officer (DRO) is a senior lawyer who is trained to help people resolve their issues.

Title: diversion
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A voluntary way to resolve minor criminal charges. If you complete diversion, you will not be convicted of the offence you were charged with. You deal with your charges without having a trial or pleading guilty. Instead, you do things to repair the harm you did to the community. Diversion is generally only available for minor crimes.

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To divide property is the process of dividing a married couple's assets and debts. This usually happens after they separate or divorce.

Married couples usually share the value of their property. This means that the partner who has more property usually pays money to the partner who has less property. Usually, the property itself is not physically divided.

This is not true for people in a common-law relationship. They usually don't have to share the value of their property if they separate.

Title: divorce
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A divorce is a court order that ends a marriage legally.

Title: divorce
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A divorce is a court order that ends a marriage legally. Sometimes, you don't need to go to court, but at least one partner needs to fill out court paperwork to get the divorce order.

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