A Crown pre-trial is an informal meeting between the Crown counsel and defence counsel (lawyer for the accused person) to discuss the case. This meeting may be held in person or over the phone. The accused person does not attend the Crown pre-trial. Some of the issues that may be discussed at the Crown pre-trial are outstanding disclosure, duration and mode of the trial, pre-trial and Charter motions, and the potential resolution of the charges (i.e. guilty plea, withdrawal, or diversion). This is a necessary step in any criminal case. It helps the defence to focus the issues and to plan ahead.