Right to disclosure material. criminal law ontario. self represent.

I can't find anywhere rules of privilege re: restrictions on my, or any self represent's access to or possession of disclosure items from the prosecution.  Can I take these home to study and form my answer and challenges to their accusations?


Asked over 7 years ago in Pembroke, Ontario
Categories: Human Rights  Criminal Law

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Lawrence Gridin

Answer by Lawrence Gridin

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The leading case is indeed Stinchcombe, cited by Mr. Gill above. Every accused person has a right to access disclosure in order to make full answer and defence to a criminal charge. That being said, sometimes the Crown places restrictions on taking material home, especially if the material in question is of a private or sensitive nature.  For example, if the disclosure contains the victim's mental health records, it is likely that the Crown will allow you to view them but not allow you to take them home.

Posted over 7 years ago

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