How to Go to Family Court Without a Lawyer

A self-represented litigant (SRL) is someone who represents themselves instead of hiring a lawyer to represent them. Many people self-represent in family law cases. This handbook is designed to help you:• Understand family law processes• Get organized for family court• And present your case well The development of this resource was made possible through the…

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Civil Trial Procedure

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Sentencing

If you plead guilty or are found guilty of a criminal offence, the judge will decide what punishment you receive. This is called sentencing. The purposes of sentencing are to protect the public, to punish the behavior in order to discourage future offenders, and to rehabilitate the particular offender. Therefore, the judge considers several factors…

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Defending Yourself in Criminal Court

If you are charged with a criminal offence, certain federal offences, or a provincial offence, you will have to go to court to defend yourself against the charge. You can go to court with a lawyer to defend you or you can defend yourself. It is important to get legal advice if you are charged…

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Criminal Trial Procedure

If you’ve been charged with a crime and your case has not been diverted from the courts system, you will usually answer to the charge in a criminal court. Tips for when you go to court: Dress neatly and arrive early Ask for directions to the courtroom being used for your case at the front…

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A Guide for Witnesses

You may be called as a witness for either a criminal or civil trial. The testimony of witnesses is an important source of information for the courts and helps the judge decide whether the accused is guilty or not guilty. It is important to know your rights and responsibilities as a witness in the criminal…

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Resolving Conflict Outside of Court

Conflict can arise in any situation or relationship. If the matter is important, it may seem like going to court is the only option. Going to court is an expensive, lengthy, and stressful procedure. There are no guarantees that you will get what you want. There are other ways to resolve conflict that give you…

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