Leo Crockwell was arrested last December after a weeklong standoff at a home in Bay Bulls. ((CBC))

The man who held off the RCMP during a week-long standoff in Bay Bulls last December no longer has a lawyer.

Leo Crockwell appeared in Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador on charges that include assault with a weapon, careless use of a firearm and unlawfully discharging a firearm.

Crockwell, however, did not appear with Rosellen Sullivan, a St. John's criminal defence lawyer who had taken on his case in March.

Crockwell was arrested after he walked out of his family's home in Bay Bulls that had been surrounded by RCMP officers.

Sullivan told CBC News that all she could say was that there was a breakdown in the solicitor-client relationship.

Crockwell said he was not happy about the situation, but Justice Maureen Dunn told him it would be in his best interest to work on getting a new lawyer.

Crockwell's trial is scheduled to start in February. Dunn said the date could be changed, if necessary.