As a criminal case moves through the system, an accused will be required to appear before the court on several occasions. The majority of these appearances are what are known as set date appearances, or cases management appearances.
A set date appearance is any appearance following the first appearance where nothing substantial occurs. These appearances are often known as case management appearances and are essentially administrative. The purpose of set date appearances is to case manage the matter to ensure that all parties are moving the matter along. It is an opportunity for all parties to be updated on the case, and for issues to be addressed if necessary. The court will be updated on things like whether a crown pre-trial or judicial pre-trial has taken place, whether there is outstanding disclosure or any other procedural or administrative issues that may have arisen in the case since the last appearance.