Hi. I've been charged with damaging property, unlawful assault and stalking. I cannot afford a lawyer and will be running the case myself. I have sought legal advice and have a strong defence which should see me get acquitted. I have done a lot of study and research and understand the procedure of the hearing. I have a few questions. Will the informant take the witness stand and can I cross-examine her? When cross-examining, can I have the witness read out parts of their own statements? Can I openly record the audio of the hearing? Can I use text conversations as evidence and can I have the witness read them out? The informant unlawfully disclosed personal information. How and when do I bring this up? Can I present documented evidence such as receipts, photos, character reference, etc, when giving my address to the magistrate? The police has no evidence of myself or my vehicle being near the scene of the alledged crime. How do I best convince the prosecution to drop the charges? If police had a fingerprint analysis of something, can I get the report from it? When the charges get dropped or I get acquitted, can I apply for reimbursement of loss of income due to the trial?