Criminal Trial Books (1:App E)

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This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. Last reviewed for legal accuracy by the Law Students' Legal Advice Program on August 4, 2021.



TRIAL BINDER

TAB
1. Information
Charging documents
2. Report to Crown Counsel
Particulars, Report to Crown Counsel Summary/Synopsis
3. Police Witness Statements
(Separate each witness with a coloured sheet and/or post it note)

Include Police Statements & Police notes together

4. Civilian Witness Statements
(Separate each witness with a coloured sheet and/or post it note)

Include all statements, notes, 911 recordings etc. for each witness together

5. Submissions/Closing Arguments
6. Case Law
(3 copies of each case)

1 for you, Crown & Judge

7. Sentencing Submission
Always be prepared to speak to sentence in case the accused is found guilty
  • Use background interview sheet for client information
  • Instructions in the fishroom (criminal corner box)
8. Draft Cross Examination notes of each Crown witness
Draft Direct Examination notes of each Defence witness
(Separate each witness with a coloured sheet and/or post it note)



You should have a separate binder or notebook to make notes of the evidence during trial. Make a 2 inch margin on the right of each page. Use the margin to star or highlight areas you will want to return to during your cross-examination.