The Reasons For Domestic Assault Courts

Every large jurisdiction has its own domestic assault court, so special attention can be given to this type of charge.

On any day, one judge will have the domestic assault court list. In Ottawa, the accused are remanded to Fridays. The trials are held just about every day in different court rooms, and there are a certain number of Crown Attorneys who deal with these charges. The system is similar to any court system; you attend court, you have remands, you have pre-trials where either you plead guilty or agree to go to trial.

But, these courts have a different policy. They look at and are very sensitive towards the needs of the complainant and the accused. They understand the timing issue so people get trials quicker. If an accused is being displaced from his home because of a charge, he is still considered innocent until he is proven guilty. He is entitled to have his case resolved quickly. The wait times are for the most part are a lot lower than in the regular stream.

Because the same people are dealing with these issues daily, they become more proficient in this area and things work a little better. I am dealing with experienced Crowns and I can approach them to get my client back home even before the first appearance. The lawyers and the Crown have a better focus on the issues because of long practice and this works to everyone’s advantage especially where time is concerned.

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If you, or someone you care about, is dealing with criminal law issues in the Ottawa, Ontario Region, contact Engel and Associates for a consultation.

This article is taken from a September 11, 2007 interview with Bruce Engel, Criminal Lawyer with Engel and Associates, an Ottawa, Ontario Criminal Law Firm. Note that laws vary from province to province. Please consult with a lawyer in your own area to be sure of the laws and specific issues in your own jurisdiction.