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Arraignment Hearings

At an arraignment hearing, the accused or the defence counsel informs the court how they are going to plead ('guilty' or 'not guilty') and how they wish to proceed.

If the offence is indictable - which carries a more serious sentence - the accused has the right to choose his or her mode of trial. The choices are trial by:

If the accused chooses to be tried in Supreme Court, a 'preliminary hearing' or 'preliminary inquiry' is held by a Provincial Court judge. The Judge determines if there is enough evidence to order the accused to be tried in Supreme Court.

If the accused pleads guilty, the sentencing may happen that day or the judge may choose to reserve judgement until another day. To assist the judge in setting a sentence, more time may be needed for a pre-sentence report, victim impact information or a report from a probation office.

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