When you are preparing to examine a witness for the prosecution, it is useful to visit the location where the alleged incident took place.
Consider the day of the week, the time of day and the weather conditions.
Replay the alleged incident in your mind from the perspective of each witness.
Who else may have observed or heard the alleged incident?
Is there any video surveillance available?
Would photographs be of assistance to the Judge or the jury?
Would it be useful for the Judge or the jury to view the location?
1) Google Maps, including the satellite and street view options; and
2) Section 652 (1) of the Criminal Code of Canada provides authority for a Judge to direct the jury to ‘have a view of any place’ ….’where it appears to be in the interests of justice’.