1. Ask the Crown for permission

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How do I transfer my charges to another court location?
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1. Ask the Crown for permission

You may be able to transfer your charges to a different court location.

Summary charges

If you are charged with a summary offence, your charges can only be transferred with the permission of the Crown. This is true whether you want to plead guilty or not guilty.

Indictable charges

If you are charged with an indictable offence, your charges can also only be transferred with the permission of the Crown. If you don't think you can get a fair trial where you were charged, your lawyer can apply for a change of venue application (See Step 3).

Pleading guilty

If you want to plead guilty, the Crown will be more likely to agree to transfer your charges to a different courthouse.

Do not plead guilty to an offence you did not commit.

Do not plead guilty until you've thought carefully about your options, and the Crown’s case against you. Ask a lawyer or duty counsel to help you understand what might happen if you plead guilty.

You can only plead guilty if no one is pressuring you, and you understand what might happen when you make that plea.

You must also understand that when you plead guilty:

  • you're agreeing with the facts that show a criminal offence occurred
  • you're giving up the right to have the Crown prove the case against you at trial beyond a reasonable doubt
  • the judge does not have to give you the sentence recommended by your lawyer or the Crown

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Reviewed: November 20, 2017

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