Been Charged? Trials


The trial is where both sides have the opportunity to tell their story in front of a judge or jury. In criminal law, the Crown is required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime occurred and that the person charged is the same person who committed it. The Crown and defence lawyers call evidence through witnesses and by entering exhibits. The judge or jury hears the evidence and then makes a finding based upon what they have heard and considered. 

A person is either found innocent or guilty of the charges. Another possibility is that the charges are "stayed" (possibly because of a constitutional breach). The Crown may also withdraw the charges at any time if he or she feels that there is no reasonable prospect of conviction or at their own discretion if they think that it serves the interests of justice to do so.

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