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Three Former Crown Prosecutors

What Happens When We Receive Disclosure

Video Transcript

Welcome to our website. My name is Mike Kruse. I’m the principal and owner of Kruse Law Firm. I’m here today to talk to you about what happens when we receive your police reports. You’ve been charged with a criminal offense, we just had the first appearance, the crown attorney’s handed us what is called the “disclosure” which is all the witness’ statements, all the evidence the crown’s gonna have against you. We receive the that package, there could be video in that package, there could be all sorts of documents in that package depending on your criminal case. It’s our job then to take that package and review it. This can take several hours; we review every scrap of paper, every video tape. In some criminal cases, it could take hundreds of hours, in some a few depending on the complexity of a particular case. Once we’ve completed that then we’re in a position to meet with you and review that disclosure together. We provide you with our opinion at that meeting, at least a tentative opinion. We provide you – we receive your version of events and we try and give you some odds of winning. Well, what’s this case look like? Does it look defendable? Can we win this case? What are the odds of winning? Of course, you’re here to tell us what you want to do. You may want to attend the trial, you may want to resolve it and get the lesser sentence but we’re here to help you at every step of the way and that’s our job. So that initial meeting to review that disclosure, that could take, one, three, four hours depending on the complexity of the case and there may be very many more meetings after that because often that initial disclosure package is missing key materials where we need to write the crown. So that’s a process, on a simple case, we may be able to complete our opinion at that first meeting to you and know that we’re having the trial, or know that we’re gonna try and get you the lightest deal possible or it may take many years, but that’s the initial step. As a lawyer, we’re analyzing your case and we’re looking at a cost benefit analysis. What’s the benefit of going to the trial versus resolving the case, what are your odds of winning and what do you wanna do most importantly but we’re gonna help you with that decision and that’s our job so that’s the very first meeting.

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