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A criminal trial lawyer’s guide to the trial process

The trial is the pinnacle of the criminal court process

If a plea bargain has not been reached, or charges have been dismissed during a preliminary hearing, your case will be heard before a judge or a judge and jury.

The severity of your case determines where the criminal court process continues. Less serious criminal cases appear before the judges of the Ontario Court of Justice, while more serious criminal cases are heard in the Superior Court of Justice under the Criminal Code of Canada.

An accused is presumed innocent in the Canadian criminal court process until proven guilty. To convict an accused the Crown must prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. In Canada the criminal trial process is adversarial, both the Crown attorney and criminal defence lawyer will present evidence, call and cross examine witnesses.

The judge is impartial and acts as an arbitrator, who will make sure procedures of the criminal trial process are followed. A judge will make a ruling at the conclusion of the criminal trial process, finding the accused as either guilty or not guilty.

A criminal lawyer will prepare you for the trial ahead

A criminal trial lawyer will prepare a strong defence to answer all charges the Crown has brought against you, and prepare you to testify if you are called. The criminal trial process can be intimidating; having an experienced criminal trial lawyer by your side can make all the difference.

If you or a loved one will be facing a criminal trial, and live in the greater Toronto area contact us online, or call 416.944.8111. Leora Shemesh is a Toronto criminal lawyer who is passionately committed to providing you the best possible defence in a criminal case.

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