The trial of former realtor Anne Squires, set to proceed today in Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court, has been postponed after Squires’ defence lawyer indicated they were close to reaching an agreement with the Crown that would avoid a trial.
Squires, who had been the owner of Exit Realty on the Rock, had been scheduled to go to trial on charges of theft, fraud and issuing forged documents.
Squires didn't attend court Tuesday.
Her lawyer, Randy Piercey, told the court that both sides were at a “pivotal moment” in discussions and indicated they are working on a solution.
The case has now been set over to April 24 when the court will be updated on the result of those discussions.
Eight weeks had been set aside for the trial.
Squires was charged at the end of 2016 following a police investigation that lasted 10 months. She is alleged, among other things, to have falsified home purchase and sales agreements in order to get commissions from a mainland company.
That company filed a lawsuit against Squires, who argued one of her staff members entered into the agreements without her approval. Squires is also charged with stealing money from a trust account.
Exit Realty on the Rock went into receivership in February 2016, after the government pulled its real estate licence.