Victims of crimes often feel overwhelmed by the complexities of the criminal justice system. Crown attorneys represent the ‘public’ – not you. Crowns are often overworked and are unable to spend significant time with the victim in the course of preparing for a trial.
A lawyer from Adler Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman can help guide you through this emotional and difficult time. We will act as a liaison between you and the crown attorney, always keeping you informed of the status of your case. If charges have not yet been laid and you wish to pursue criminal prosecution, we can assist you in reporting your incident to police or in laying private Information before a Justice of the Peace. We can also help you prepare for the uncomfortable experience of being a witness in a criminal case. Taking an active role in the prosecution can be an empowering and emotional experience.
ABPS lawyers often receive referrals from other criminal lawyers to act on behalf of witnesses in cases where the crown is not giving due consideration to the wishes of the complainant.
Our services in the criminal justice system are not limited to the related trial proceedings. Where an inquest or public inquiry has been called, the partners of ABPS are available to fiercely and compassionately convey the interests of parties to a these bodies, helping to ensure that your voice is heard both by the reviewing body itself, and by the broader public through our access to the media.