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What is a Crown pre-trial or a resolution meeting?

A resolution meeting (or Crown pre-trial) is a meeting held between the Crown and your lawyer or duty counsel. You will probably not be able to attend the meeting. For legal reasons, the Crown will rarely meet with a person who has been charged.

Examples of when a resolution meeting might happen are when:

  • You have told your lawyer or duty counsel that you may want to plead guilty to your charge(s) and you would like to know what the Crown would ask for as a penalty if you did;
  • Your lawyer or duty counsel has looked at your case and feels the Crown may consider diversion or simply withdrawing your charge(s).
  • You have information that you have given to your lawyer or duty counsel that may be helpful in convincing the Crown to withdraw your charges;
  • You would like the Crown to agree to have one or more of your bail conditions changed;
  • You, your lawyer or duty counsel feels there is something missing from your disclosure and would like to talk to the Crown about it.

It important to remember that it is the Crown’s decision to withdraw charges or agree to change your bail. Your lawyer or duty counsel will argue on your behalf, but they do not make the decision. However, if the Crown does not agree to the bail change that you want, your lawyer or duty counsel may be able to tell you about other possible ways of getting your bail changed.