First Day of Criminal Court in Ontario

Are you wondering how the criminal court process works once an individual has been arrested? Keep reading to learn more about the first day of criminal court in Ontario!

The first court date is when the accused person will go to court after they have been released or on bail. It is important to note that the first court date is not a trial date, meaning that neither the Crown nor the defense will be making arguments, presenting evidence or calling witnesses during the first appearance.

An offender’s first court date requires the individual to go or hire someone to represent them. If an individual is unable to get a lawyer, they can ask for duty counsel.



Types of the disclosure may include:

  • Police officer’s notes;
  • Witness statements;
  • Surveillance videos and photos;
  • Financial documents; and
  • Medical records.


At the first court date, the Crown will either:

  • Give the individual the disclosure they have; or
  • Inform the individual that the disclosure is not available yet.

A court will adjourn for the accuser and accused to review each other’s evidence. Adjournment also provides an accused person with the opportunity to decide whether they want to hire a lawyer or apply for legal aid assistance. If the court adjourns, it will provide a new date and time for a new appearance. It is important to note that the next appearance in court after an adjournment is also not a trial date.

The experienced Criminal Lawyers at Tailor Law understand how life-changing criminal convictions can be and are here to help clients navigate through the complex court process to achieve the best possible results.

If you are looking for more information about the first day of criminal court in Ontario, do not hesitate to contact us and our specialist Criminal Lawyers can discuss your matter in more detail over a free consultation. You can reach our office at 905-366-0202 or contact us through our website here.

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