What documents does the Crown have to give me?
Question & AnswerWhat documents does the Crown have to give me?
2. Think about hiring a lawyer
You should think about hiring a lawyer if you haven’t already. A lawyer can review your and help you decide whether to set a date.
Unless you’re sure that you want to set a trial date, have your lawyer review all your disclosure before you make any decisions.
Your lawyer can identify:
- anything that violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- defences that you might have
At the Crown pre-trial, you can talk about ways your case could be resolved and whether you can have diversion. Even if you weren’t screened for earlier, a lawyer can help convince the Crown you should have it.
You can hire a paralegal to represent you if you have been charged with a that has a maximum of:
- 2 years in jail,
- a $5,000 fine, or