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Courtroom Etiquette

As criminal defence lawyers, we have been appearing in Toronto courts and courts in the Greater Toronto Area for so long that proper court etiquette has become second nature to us. However, many of our clients are appearing in court for the first time and are understandably nervous about the process. Criminal defence lawyers are often asked a lot of questions about court protocol by accused individuals as they prepare to appear in court. Behaviour that passes as polite in ordinary life is often considered inappropriate in the courtroom. It is best to think of the courtroom as a formal environment rather like a classroom, Church, Temple, or Mosque, with its own rules of etiquette. The following list of rules is like an orientation guide to courtroom etiquette which can help make that first day in court much less intimidating. 1) Show Up When you are arrested, the police will…

7 Jul 2009

Bail Variations

29 Jun 2009

Individuals facing criminal charges are often released on bail while they await trial. When released, the accused individual will be provided with a “recognizance” or other Court order which dictates…

Beyond A Reasonable Doubt

23 Jun 2009

Most people know that for an individual to be convicted of a criminal offence, the Crown must prove his or her guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt”. At the same time,…

Toronto Lawyers, Kostman & Pyzer...

19 Jun 2009

On June 1st, 2001 senior Toronto lawyers ( Toronto lawyers with ten years or more of experience) made headlines earlier this week when they voted to stop accepting legal aid…

Domestic Assault Charges

10 Jun 2009

In our experience as criminal defence lawyers, domestic assault charges are very common in Toronto courts. Individuals accused of domestic assault are often deprived of the support system usually provided…

Can I Sign Bail – What is a Surety?

9 Jun 2009

When one of our clients is accused of a crime and taken into custody, our first responsibility as criminal defence lawyers is to help that client get out on bail.…

Discharges

8 Jun 2009

What is a Discharge? If you are charged with a criminal offence, the criminal defence lawyers at Kostman & Pyzer, Barristers will endeavor to help you avoid a criminal record.…