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Who is the Crown?

In court, you’ll hear lawyers and judges talk about “the Crown” or “a Crown.” They are almost always talking about an assistant crown attorney or a federal prosecutor.

An assistant crown attorney is a government lawyer who prosecutes criminal cases on behalf of the provincial Ministry of Attorney General. A federal prosecutor is also a government lawyer who does the same thing for the federal Department of Justice. Unless you are charged with a drug-related or tax-related offence, your case will most-likely be prosecuted by an assistant crown attorney.

There are many different assistant crown attorneys and federal prosecutors in each courthouse.

In some courthouses, staff from the crown attorney’s office (often called the “crown’s office”) will assist with first appearance court.