Canadian Criminal Trial Advocacy/Appendix

Checklists edit

Trial Prep Checklist edit

Client notice

  • notify client of trial date
  • book appointment to review trial/answer questions


  • notify witnesses of trial date and purpose by phone or letter
  • made arrangements for out-of-town witnesses
  • issued subpoenas for witnesses
  • copies of criminal record of witnesses (such as CPIC printout)

Documents, Notices ,and Exhibits

  • copies of transcripts from statements and preliminary inquiry hearings
  • subpoenaed documents
  • notices filed (business documents, court orders, medical reports)
  • Expert report forwarded to other party within time limit

Trial materials

  • trial briefs prepared
  • legal research completed
  • pre-trial motions prepared
  • witnesses prepared
  • completed Trial Book (witness lists, outline of proof, examination outlines, opening/closing outline)

Real Evidence

  • visual aids and demonstrative evidence prepared (sufficient copies are available)


  • technology set-up tested and arranged for court
  • interpreter booked

Day of Trial


  • Criminal Code
  • Trial Book / Trial Brief
  • pads of paper
  • pens and highlighters

See also edit

  • Baum, Art of Advocacy: Preparation
  • Manes & Edwards, Organized Advocacy, 2d ed. (Toronto:Carswell, 1988) Form 12-2
  • F. Lee Bailey, Fundamentals of Criminal Advocacy (Rochester: The Lawyers Co-op, 1974)
  • F. Lee Bailey, Investigation and Preparation of Criminal Cases (Rochester: The Lawyers Co-op, 1985)
  • Justice Saunders, Reflections on the Art ... and Science of Decision-Making [1]

Theory of the case