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When does sentencing happen?


In most criminal cases, sentencing usually takes place right after an offender has pled guilty or been found guilty after a trial. In some cases, the judge will not impose a sentence right away, but will instead adjourn the case to a later date for a sentencing hearing.


Adjourning a sentencing may happen for many reasons, and most often happens in more serious cases. A matter is usually adjourned for a sentencing hearing so the offender’s lawyer (or duty counsel) and the Crown can gather information that will help them argue for a certain type of sentence.