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Former Ontario attorney general Michael Bryant speaks to reporters after being charged in a cyclist's death. ((Mike Cassese/Reuters))

A Toronto court will hear criminal charges against Ontario's former attorney general Michael Bryant on Nov. 16.

Bryant was charged following an accident that resulted in the death of a bicycle courier, Darcy Allan Sheppard. The case went to court for the first time Monday at a routine procedural hearing, but was put over until the November date.

Bryant himself did not make an appearance, and was represented at the Toronto courtroom by his lawyers.

Bryant is charged with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving of a vehicle causing death in the incident in downtown Toronto in late August.

Sheppard, 33, died of head injuries after a car dragged him along a stretch of Toronto's Bloor Street.

The Ontario government has hired top Vancouver criminal lawyer Richard Peck to prosecute the case.

With files from The Canadian Press