Leo Crockwell, who is being tried in St. John's for charges laid after a 2010 standoff with RCMP, has dismissed his lawyer.

The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador was told Friday that Crockwell, who faces weapons and assault charges, has fired lawyer Ken Mahoney.

The dismissal means that Crockwell will be able to cross-examine witnesses at the trial. On Friday morning, he cross-examined an RCMP officer about photographs of his family's home that had been entered into evidence.

Guards earlier had removed Crockwell's shackles, and allowed him to leave the box where he had been sitting. He can now sit at a table and make notes.

Justice Richard LeBlanc gave Crockwell a booklet as a guide on how he can represent himself in court.

However, a court-appointed lawyer — St. John's attorney Randy Piercey — will continue to serve as a friend of the court, meaning that he can intervene and act on Crockwell's behalf if necessary.

LeBlanc had appointed Piercey to the role several weeks ago.

Crockwell faces eight charges, most related to weapons offences. He is also accused of assaulting his sister shortly before a week-long standoff at his mother's home started in December 2010 in Bay Bulls, just south of St. John's.

The jury started hearing evidence last week. Four weeks had been set aside for the trial.