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In all of your dealings with the judicial system, where possible, you should do so in written format.

If you are sick or otherwise unable to attend a court proceedings, rather than simply phone the court, you should relay your message and ask for a fax number.  If you do not have access to a fax machine, most copy shops have fax machines.  

You can simply hand write your communication to the court and keep a copy of the transmission report for your records.  If you fail to do so, you are relying completely on whomever answered the phone to act accordingly.  If that person failed to follow through, you will have no proof that you contacted the court and normally an arrest warrant would be issued for you.

Similarly, when dealing with the office of the prosecutor, always fax your communications.  If you require additional disclosure, send a fax.

Keeping records of your communications is very important.  If there are delays in disclosure and delays in the court system beyond your control, there may come a point where your Charter right to a speedy trial had been violated.  

If a Charter application is made to stay the proceedings due to delays, your written communications will be vital as evidence on your part.

Jim O'Neil, LL.B.

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