Upon conclusion of a case, defence counsel’s peace of mind rests upon having left no stone unturned in the role of advocate.
More specifically, counsel can sleep well knowing that they have:
- Advised the client of his or her rights and obligations, and provided practical advice with respect to the choices that were available;
- Considered all defence investigation tools, including third-party record applications, interviews of potential witnesses, and an examination of the scene;
- Contemplated any applications to challenge the admissibility of the Crown’s evidence;
- Examined all viable pathways to an acquittal;
- Reviewed all options for resolution outside of the traditional court process;
- Assessed all sentencing options, including constitutional challenges to Parliament’s existing sentencing regime; and
- Provided collateral referrals for issues beyond the scope of your expertise.