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Procedural Applications

The court process includes many procedural applications which may shorten or change the 'flow' of a trial.

Here are some typical situations:

1. Applications and appearances may occur before a trial begins. These are called interim applications and interim appearances. For example, applications would be made to the court if it were necessary to change the date of a trial or to end a trial earlier than expected. Where appropriate, they can be made in the court where the accused first appears or in the court where the trial will be held.

2. A trial could end early because the case no longer meets the charge approval standard. This means that evidence is no longer available or it is no longer in the public interest to continued. Or, the accused pleads guilty, or because agreement in a plea negotiation has been reached.

3. Trial dates might change because of applications for adjournment by either side. A witness may not be available, or the accused might become ill or change lawyers.

4.Other interim applications might be made to ask Crown for further information (disclosure), to request testimonial accommodations, to appoint a lawyer or to designate the accused as mentally ill.

Victimsinfo.ca can help you learn more about the kinds of applications you may encounter during a trial. Click on the Table of Contents links to find out more.

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