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I have a court date for a criminal charge in the Superior Court of Justice. What should I do?

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I have a court date for a criminal charge in the Superior Court of Justice. What should I do?

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I have a court date for a criminal charge in the Superior Court of Justice. What should I do?
Reviewed: 
May 7, 2020
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If you’re supposed to go to the Superior Court of Justice for a criminal charge between March 17, 2020 and July 3, 2020, don’t go to the court. This includes trials.

If you had court scheduled between March 17 and March 31, 2020, your new court date will be July 6, 2020.

If you had court scheduled in the month of April, 2020, your new court date will be July 7, 2020.

If you had court scheduled in the month of May, 2020, your new court date will be July 8, 2020.

If you had court scheduled in the month of June, 2020 and on July 2 and 3, your new court date will be July 9, 2020.

You must appear in court on your new court date at 10:00am at the same location where you were scheduled to appear for your appearance in March, April or May.

If you don’t attend court on your new court date, the judge will order a warrant for your arrest.

If circumstances change and the court can return to normal operations sooner than the first week in June, the court will tell your lawyer, the Crown, and the jails.

In the meantime, it’s still very important that you continue to follow the terms of your release order, such as your bail conditions or recognizance. Your case is still ongoing.

If you need legal advice, speak to your lawyer or call Legal Aid Ontario. You can also contact the court for more information.

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