The purpose of the PTC is to sort out administrative matters to ensure that the trial proceeds as efficiently as possible. This includes ensuring that:
You may apply to change your PTC dates in writing or via the Integrated Case Management System (ICMS) (for State Courts cases) if you have valid reasons for being unable to attend court.
You have to attend the PTC together with the prosecution (who will be represented by a prosecuting officer).
You and the prosecution will inform the judge of the evidence you will present at trial and the witnesses you will call. The judge will also let you know whether criminal case disclosure conference (CCDC) procedures apply to your case.
Depending on the nature of your case, you may have to attend more than one PTC until the PTC judge is satisfied that the case is ready for trial. Once satisfied, the PTC judge will schedule dates for the trial.
The PTC judge does not decide on your guilt or innocence. The trial will be heard by another judge.
You should be prepared to do the following:
You should also be prepared to briefly outline your defence to the PTC judge, if asked. The PTC judge does not decide whether your defence is successful - that is for the trial judge to do.