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What is a crown screening form?

The first or second page of the disclosure package is usually called a crown screening form or a charge screening form. It will have tick boxes on it that will look something this:

The Crown is proceeding:
[ ] By summary conviction.
[ ] By indictment.

On a guilty plea, the Crown:
[ ] Will ask for custody.
[ ] Will not ask for custody.

After a trial date is set, the Crown:
[ ] Will ask for custody.
[ ] Will not ask for custody.

This form is very important because it tells you whether or not the Crown will ask for a jail sentence if you plead guilty or if you’re found guilty after a trial. It will also tell you if the Crown is proceeding by way of summary conviction or by indictment.

Depending on what it says, this form may influence what you want to do with your case. If you have trouble understanding this form, or anything in the disclosure package, speak to your lawyer or to duty counsel.