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Can I argue my case on my first appearance date?

Your first appearance date will not be for a trial. Making arguments about your case, presenting evidence, and calling witnesses happen at a trial. Depending on what you want to do with your case, you may or may not have a trial.

If you have something to say about your case, tell it to your lawyer or duty counsel. Your lawyer or duty counsel may be able to talk to the Crown in private about your case in something called a Crown pre-trial or a resolution meeting.

Your first court date should be focused on getting information, getting organized and starting to think about what you might want to do with your case. You’ll also be able to tell the judge what you would like to do with your case. It always a good idea to speak to your lawyer or duty counsel about your options before you decide what to you want to do.