One fundamental administrative aspect of criminal trial practice is to maintain proper records in relation to court appearances.

It is critical to record the details of each court appearance and to ensure that each subsequent date is entered into your calendar. This information is necessary for billing purposes and for continuity among counsel within a firm.

To reduce the chances of error or omission, you should complete the necessary record before you leave the courtroom.

The following template may assist junior counsel. It may also be helpful to keep a separate folder in each client’s file with the court appearance logs to allow for quick reference.

Court Appearance Log

Client:

Charges:

Court location:

Date and time:

Judge:

Crown:

Defence:

Client present or on behalf:

Matter scheduled for:

Results:

Notes of discussions with Crown or client:

Next date:

Next date confirmed in day planner:

Necessary follow up:

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