I missed my court date. What happens now?
Question & AnswerI missed my court date. What happens now?
1. Call a lawyer or duty counsel
If a has been ordered, you can be at any time. Depending on how much time has passed, you may be able to have the warrant cancelled before the police arrest you. This is called having the warrant .
Talk to a lawyer to determine if you can have the warrant cancelled or must turn yourself in to the police.
If you don’t know a lawyer or can’t afford one, contact Legal Aid Ontario. Legal Aid Ontario pays lawyers, known as , to give free legal advice to people who can’t afford a lawyer. Duty counsel are lawyers who work in the courthouse. They usually can’t represent you at your , but they may be able to:
- give you information and advice
- help you find out if you qualify for Legal Aid