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VOL. 77 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2019
COURT’S EXPECTATIONS OF COUNSEL
A goal of this direction is to use judicial resources efficiently through a reduction
in the number of administrative tasks brought before the Court.
Counsel is expected to communicate effectively with one another for the effective
management of their files.
Counsel is expected to notify the JCM promptly when it becomes apparent that
an appearance will be adjourned or scheduled Court time is no longer required.
36. It is the responsibility of counsel contacting a JCM for any of the reasons
referred to in this direction to ensure that the communication
comes to the attention of the JCM responsible for scheduling the matter,
in a timely manner.
37. When counsel becomes aware that an adjournment of a coming
appearance is required, counsel is expected to contact the JCM as soon
as possible to request a new appearance date. (See Changing Non-Trial
Appearance Date in this direction)
38. Counsel is expected to contact the JCM as soon as possible before the
trial or hearing date in the event of an adjournment application (contested
or uncontested) of a scheduled trial or hearing date. Counsel
may contact the JCM in the JCM Office in one of the following ways:
a. attending at the office in person;
b. by email;
c. if available in the location, by facsimile; or
d. by telephone.
39. Counsel should follow-up, in writing, with opposing counsel to confirm
all requests made to a JCM relating to dates, adjournments, disclosure,
reports or other matters relevant to the conduct of the file.
While the Court will take an active role in the management of a file, the Court
expects counsel to begin communication with one another early and continue to
communicate effectively throughout the process leading to trial or other disposition.
40. The Court expects that simple (summary) matters will progress from
first appearance to arraignment in 60 days; more complex matters will
progress in 90 days.
41. The arraignment process for all YCJA matters must be completed
within 60 days of the initial appearance.
42. The JCM may schedule the matter for appearance before a Judge if the
JCM is of the view the matter is not progressing in a timely manner.