What to know if you’re ordered to appear in court.

A first appearance in court can be extremely nerve-racking. Here is a list of what you need to know to prepare for your first court date.

What happens at a first appearance in court?:

  • This is NOT a Trial Date. It is you introduction to the court, where you will take the first position in your case (plead guilty or not), collect the prosecution’s evidence (disclosure), and set your next court date.

What does Disclosure mean?:

  • This is the evidence that the police and the prosecution have against you. They are obligated to share this with you. It may contain police notes, witness statements, photographs, etc.

Where and when does the first court appearance happen?:

  • Whether you are released by the police or on bail, you will be given a piece of paper (promise to appear) which will indicate the date, time and location of your first court date.

What do you need to do before your first court appearance?:

  • Make sure you get your fingerprints taken. The exact time and location will be written next to your promise to appear. It must be done before your first appearance.

Will there be an interpreter available?:

  • If you aren’t comfortable speaking English or French , you can request an interpreter in the language of your choice, free of charge, but you must call the courtroom in advance to get this arranged.

Tips before your first court appearance:

  • Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes early to court. This will avoid stress related to traffic and parking, and give you time to get comfortable with your surroundings.
  • Make sure to stack all the odds in your favour by retaining the counsel of an experienced criminal lawyer. With Ginzburg Legal, you will get a personal and professional service at affordable rates. Contact Me Ginzburg right now for expert advice. The sooner you call, the sooner we can build an action plan designed to get you the best results.

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