Legal Aid Research Series Court Side Study of Adult Unrepresented Accused in the Provincial Criminal Courts Part 1: Overview Report


Figure 4.1 Prevalence of Legal RepresentationDisposed Cases: Percentage with Specific Types of Representation at different Times and Stages of the Court Process by Site

Unrepresentedat 1st 3 appearances
Time or Stage in Court Process St. John’s Halifax Bathurst Sherbrooke Scarborough Brandon Edmonton Regina Kelowna
1st appearance 141 37 54 9 5 n/a 50 61 35
2nd appearance (if any) n/a 31 38 2 9 92 25 32 29
3rd appearance (if any) n/a 20 32 1 9 n/a 18 25 24

Unrepresented at Key Stages
Time or Stage in Court Process St. John’s Halifax Bathurst Sherbrooke Scarborough Brandon Edmonton Regina Kelowna
at bail 41 37 * * 3 n/a. 34 72 13
at plea 171 19 41 6 14 n/a. 18 22 28
at final appearance 35 23 46 6 16 143 24 21 28

Representation at all appearances
Time or Stage in Court Process St. John’s Halifax Bathurst Sherbrooke Scarborough Brandon Edmonton Regina Kelowna
unrepresented at at least one n/a 57 63 10 31   62 49-53 53
unrepresented at all n/a 12 37 6 1 n/a 14 7-13* 17
duty counsel at all n/a 6 8 n/a 16 n/a 2 n/a 15
legal aid at all n/a 115   n/a n/a n/a n/a at least 4.3* n/a
private counsel at all n/a 10 17 90 12 n/a 15 at least 5* 13

Some Representation by Private Counsel
Time or Stage in Court Process St. John’s Halifax Bathurst Sherbrooke Scarborough Brandon Edmonton Regina Kelowna
for at least one appearance n/a 38 46 94 72 n/a 64 at least 32* 45

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