The Criminal Legal Process: A Guide for Indigenous People Accused of a Crime


Can a police officer search me? Who can help me if I must go to court? What kind of sentence can I expect? My lawyer isn’t returning my call. Is this normal? 

This guide is in question-and-answer format about what happens during the criminal process. It focuses on the reality of Indigenous people, whether they live in a city or remote community.   


Nine question-and-answer chapters 

  • Interactions With Police 

  • Crimes 

  • Order to Appear in Court 

  • Going to Court 

  • Avoiding a Trial 

  • Conditions 

  • Sentences 

  • Impact of a Criminal Record 

  • Relationship With Your Lawyer