In this video, Darwin Ross, Crown Prosecutor, discusses the process of domestic violence cases in the courts.
Chapter 1 (0:00) - Court House Tour: Information about who can attend a court hearing, the different types of court hearing/trials, and security measures are discussed.
Chapter 2 (8:40) - What to expect when you attend court: in regards to domestic violence, advice on how to dress.
Chapter 3 (9:55)- Being in the court room:-How long you have to be in the court room, who needs to attend, what is expected of witnesses.
Chapter 4 (11:12) - Is court open to the public? Most cases are open to the public, including domestic violence cases. Some cases can have a ban on publication, which means that the public is allowed in the courtroom, but they are not allowed to talk about what they see. This chapter also discusses when domestic violence cases are scheduled, and what happens when a trial is longer than one day.
Chapter 5 (12:32)- Having your say in court: Will I be allowed to speak in court? You will be given opportunities to speak with the investigator, defense counsel, Crown Prosecutor and victim services before the trial. During the trial, anything you wish to say may be done through a victim impact statement. You can also ask to be heard if you feel something needs to be said.
Chapter 6 (14:03)- How to address the judge: How to address the judge in court.
Chapter 7 (14:57)- What is duty counsel? Duty Counsel is a lawyer who you can talk to about legal matters, without having to get a lawyer. They can help you understand the trial process and the expectations.
Chapter 8 (17:16)- What are court orders? Court orders can be anything from police documents, warrants, summons, probation orders, and community service orders.