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THE ADVOCATE 907 VOL. 75 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2017 CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCES Case management conferences are intended to identify issues that require resolution before or during the trial, and to ensure that all issues are addressed and resolved—whether in a hearing or in some other manner—in an efficient and effective fashion that allows for the orderly progress of the trial within a reasonable time. Counsel should consider and discuss with the case management judge whether the accused person will attend some or all of the case management conferences, taking into account whether the accused person has formally designated counsel to appear in his or her place, and whether the accused person’s vital interests may be at stake in the case management conference. Timing of Case Management Conferences 30. A case management conference will be held shortly after the accused person’s first appearance in the Court. 31. Further case management conferences will be scheduled by the Court from time to time, and may be requested by one or both parties at any time. 32. Some case management conferences (as well as the application screening conference described below in paragraphs 42–47) will be longer than can be accommodated before or after normal court hours. As a result, counsel handling cases that are subject to this practice direction should have time available in their calendars for periodic conferences during regular court hours. Conducted by the Case Management Judge 33. The case management judge will generally conduct the case management conferences. 34. If a case management judge has not been appointed, or if the appointed case management judge is not available, the case management conference will be conducted by the Chief Justice or the Associate Chief Justice or their designate. Materials for Case Management Conferences Crown Synopsis 35. The requirement for a Crown Synopsis applies to all complex criminal cases that are subject to this practice direction (Criminal Practice Direction 1—Criminal Pre-Trial Conference Process, para 2–4). 36. As indicated above (in paragraph 12), the Crown Synopsis is to be delivered to the defence and the Court at least 7 days before the first case


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