Defending Yourself Against a Criminal Charge

If you are charged with a criminal offence, you may not be able to afford a lawyer or get legal aid. In that case, you may have to defend yourself. This script explains how to do so. It describes the steps in a criminal trial, from entering a plea to what happens when the judge announces a decision.

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The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC)
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charged with a crime, defending yourself, pleading not guilty, criminal trial, no-evidence motion, presenting your case in court, sentences
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