Department of Justice

Reporting a Crime

Victim Services

When a Charge is Laid

If a crime has been reported, and charges laid by the Crown, the accused may be:

  • charged and released until a scheduled court appearance, or
  • taken into custody and not released unless granted bail at a bail hearing. Victims may have to testify at a bail hearing.

Conditions of release

Once someone is charged, the Court may place them on conditions that must be followed until the court case is complete. One possible condition is a no contact order.

There are other forms of protective orders that can help protect victims who may be concerned about their safety.

If accused pleads guilty

If the accused pleads guilty to any of the charges, there is no need for a trial on those charges. A date will be set for a sentencing hearing.

A Victim Impact Statement will be considered as part of sentencing.

If it is a domestic violence case, the accused will first appear in Domestic Violence Treatment Option (DVTO) court. DVTO is a therapeutic alternative intended to help offenders take responsibility for the violent behaviour.

There are also other alternative courts that the case may be referred to for other types of less serious crimes.

If the accused pleads not guilty

Everyone charged with an offence is entitled to a trial. If the accused pleads not guilty to any of the charges, a trial date will be set.

The specific steps in the court process will depend on the type of offence.