Crown Pre-trials and Resolution Meetings
Before a trial date scheduled, the Crown typically requires that your lawyer conduct a “Crown pre-trial” or also known as a “Crown resolution meeting.” Unfortunately for unrepresented accused, Crown Attorney’s will not typically meet with the accused directly to discuss the case. Most Crown Attorney’s insist that all conversations are conducted through a lawyer.
There is good reason for this as many accused as eager to explain their case and discuss the merits, but not knowing that what they tell the Crown Attorney could be used to incriminate them later. It is always advisable to have a lawyer discuss the case with the Crown so that an accused does not unintentionally provide further evidence to assist the prosecution. Resolution meetings with the Crown are not “off the record” for unrepresented accused and just like speaking to a police officer, anything you say can and will be used against you.
If you retain a lawyer to assist with the Crown resolution meeting, they will discuss such things as:
- What the Crown is seeking for a guilty plea?
- Negotiations on a guilty plea
- Whether the bail conditions can be changed
- How long a trial will take
- Whether there are any outstanding items in disclosure
- What witnesses are required for trial
- Legal issues
- Potential constitutional arguments
Upon completion of the meeting, you will be advised by your lawyer on these issues and advise you on your best approach to the case from this point forward.