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Mr. Royer is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan College of Law having earned his Bachelor of Law in 2001. Law School was followed by articling at an Edmonton based Criminal Defense law firm. Mr. Royer has been dedicated to the area of criminal defense work since law school, and continued that focus in his employment during his articles. While in law school, Mr. Royer wrote major papers on areas focusing on criminal law including euthanasia, and dangerous offender legislation. His interest in Criminal Law was a focus from the beginning.

Mr. Royer was called to the bar after successfully completing both his articles and bar admission programs in 2003. After being called to the bar May 31, 2003, Mr. Royer began successfully defending people charged with criminal code offences immediately, and received written and reported decisions that set precedence in law. To date Mr. Royer has been involved in over 50 reported cases that show Mr. Royer as a formidable advocate.

As a Criminal Defence Lawyer located in Edmonton, Alberta Mr. Royer has experience in Criminal Courts ranging from British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. Mr. Royer has represented persons accused of crimes in every level of Court including Provincial Courts, Courts of Queen’s Bench, and Appellant Court’s in a variety of Provinces, including the Supreme Court of Canada. More >


01. The Initial Interview.

At this stage, Mr. Royer goes over client personal background, family background, employment/education, and plans for the future. He also obtains a designation of Counsel at this point, so his clients do not have to attend docket court (clients will thus only appear in court for trials).

02. Event and Disclosure Review.

Disclosure is all of the evidence currently in the possession of the Crown Prosecutor’s office. A Defence Lawyer must request disclosure from the Crown’s office and follow-up with future disclosure requests where the disclosure appears either misleading, or in part, missing. Often, requesting the appropriate disclosure can successfully defend a trial.

Disclosure review involves reviewing all of the evidence against an accused with the client. The intention here is to find the difficulties in the Crown Prosecutor’s case and prepare for a potential trial.

03. Interview and Receive Statements of Witnesses.

Witnesses that provide evidence contrary to the Crown Prosecutor’s evidence can be extremely beneficial. Mr. Royer’s strong oral advocacy, attention to detail, and ability to cross-examine give his clients an edge when it comes to credibility.

04. Docket Court Appearances and Trial Date.

Mr. Royer attends all docket court appearances without his client(s). From there, a trial date or preliminary inquiry (depending on the charge, the circumstances, and the best interests of the individual accused) is set.

05. Preparing the Accused for Trial or Preliminary.

Mr. Royer thoroughly works with and prepares his client(s) for the trail or preliminary. All elements including necessary preparations, evidence, and testimonies of the accused (should it be necessary) are arranged well ahead of the court date.

06. The Trial.

Trials can involve evidence that surprises everyone in the Courtroom, including the accused. Trials can also involve written submissions, lengthy oral evidence, and in-depth cross-examination. There exists no substitute for a criminal defense lawyer with the experience of someone like Mr. Royer.

Let’s Talk

  • Daryl J. Royer, LL.B.
  • Tel: 780-451-8700
  • Fax: 780.970.3505
  • #1 10235 111 street
  • Edmonton, AB T5K 2V5