Failure to Appear

If an accused fails to appear for his/her jury trial, subsection 598(1) of the Code provides that the accused loses the right to be tried by a Judge and jury. At a subsequent trial date the accused (if and when he/she re-appears) may be required to proceed on the basis of a trial before a Judge sitting without a jury unless the accused satisfies the court that there was a legitimate excuse for his/her earlier non-appearance, or, the Attorney General requires that the trial proceed before a jury pursuant to section 598.

2022 Criminal Trial Strategies - Patrick J Ducharme

The above is the an excerpt of Patrick J Ducharme’s book, Criminal Trial Strategies, available at Amazon or in bulk through MedicaLegal Publishing.

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