Anastasia Qvist is an outstanding lawyer. My criminal law situation (family violence order) was difficult, complex and Ana's diligence saved me as I was going through the most difficult period of my life. Ana is down to earth, commonsense and she even kept our costs to a minimum. She is a skilled litigator and knows the ins and outs of the ACT Magistrates Court. She dealt skillfully with the DPP and is an excellent negotiator. You will get a fair representation and she genuinely cares about her clients. She has my complete recommendation. The lady goes to bat for her clients.
I would strongly recommend Anastasia to anyone who is seeking legal representation. As a first-time offender who was charged with a Level 2 Drink Driving offence, she walked me through every step of the matter and was very upfront and clear on all aspects of my case. She was always accessible when I needed advice. Her approach and advice were excellent. Under her representation, I received the best possible outcome and managed to avoid a criminal conviction. She was a pleasure to deal with throughout the whole matter.
Anastasia Qvist was very professional and helpful in every step of my matter. I got a very good outcome and I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and the Armstrong Legal team in Canberra. I would highly recommend her!!!
Throughout Angela has been the consummate professional. She maintained a calm, yet strong demeanour remained informative and completely open in her communication and took complete ownership of the situation. We felt confident we finally had an advocate to steer us out of the nightmare we were in, and she did so with great respect and sincerity. I cannot speak more highly of Angela. She has literally rescued our family from what looked very much like a hopeless future.
Words can’t describe how grateful I am to Trudie Cameron being my solicitor and to Andrew Tiedt presenting my case in the court. They both have been very supportive and amazingly professional and effective. I’ve got an absolutely fantastic outcome I couldn’t even dream about.
Soon after meeting Andrew I knew he was the solicitor I wanted to handle my matter. He immediately sprang into action which brought me stability and hope during a tumultuous time in my life. Andrew was never afraid to give me straight answers to my tough questions which is a true mark of integrity. He is clearly at ease in the court environment and I believe his calm and measured demeanour went a long way to helping me secure the best result from my day in court. I would certainly recommend you approach Andrew if you need assistance.
"Andrew Tiedt was very professional and considerate to personal circumstances and gave sound advice that resulted in the best outcome possible. Highly recommended."
Opening Address in a Trial
The opening address is an important part of a trial. The jury members are very keen to learn what the trial is all about.First impressions are important, and so what your lawyer says at first is very important.
Who makes an opening address?
You and the Crown will have an opportunity to make an opening address.
An opening address by the Crown is an outline of the charges and the evidence the prosecutor intends to present in your trial.
Your lawyer’s opening address will be an outline of the issues that will arise in the trial. The opening address is limited generally to the matters raised in the prosecutor’s opening address, matters that are in dispute and those that are not, as well as any matters you would like to raise.
If you intend on giving evidence or to call any witness in support of your defence, you will be entitled to open the case (tell the jury what your defence is going to establish) before calling evidence, regardless of whether or not an address has been made to the jury earlier.
What is the purpose of opening addresses?
The purpose of opening addresses is to provide the jury with an understanding of the evidence that will be given throughout the trial.
When are opening addresses made?
Opening addresses are made at the beginning of trial, after the jury has been empanelled. The judge will ask the Crown to present its opening address and inform the jury that the address is to help them understand the evidence that is to follow, and that what is said in the opening address is not evidence. When the Crown finishes, the judge will then ask your lawyer to make an opening address and also remind the jury the purpose of your address and that what you say in your address is not evidence.
WHERE TO NEXT?
If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.
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