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The following article is a timeline of the Ace Attorney universe.

Basic reckoningEdit

It is important to note that the years used in this timeline are mostly based on the full date given on a DL-6 Incident case summary file, with all other events being portrayed as relative to other dates as opposed to having a definite point of occurrence. The murder of Gregory Edgeworth is recorded as having occurred on December 28, 2001. By the statute of limitations an unsolved case is closed permanently 15 years after its opening, putting the final resolution of the incident at December 28, 2016. From this, it is possible to construct a timeline of the Ace Attorney universe.

For Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken, the basis for its timeline is the date of birth of the character Sōseki Natsume, who is based on the real life author of the same name. Natsume was born in 1867, and is 33 when he is introduced, which would place The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro in 1900.

ComplicationsEdit

The developers of the Ace Attorney games, in particular the people in charge of putting down the ages of characters in the court record, have not paid much attention to any absolute timeline. This is evident in the fact that characters' ages do not change within a game (except during "flashback" cases), even when a new year passes by. This has led to some inconsistencies in character birthdates. The timeline for this page treats the "present" timeline of an individual game as a "year" (much like school terms that straddle the new year), which resolves some of these issues. More information on this can be found here.

Since the organizer profiles in Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth and Gyakuten Kenji 2 fit with corresponding court record profiles in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations, the 2018-2019 "year" used in Trials and Tribulations is used for the purpose of birth years in these games.

The timeline itself follows. Please note that some of these dates are extrapolations (e.g., "two weeks after Phoenix Wright's disbarment" becomes "May 3") and may not be exactly correct. Nonetheless, it's unlikely that the "true" dates will ever be pinned down.

Additionally, while it is noted above that the basis for placing The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro in 1900 is based on the age of Sōseki Natsume, the real Sōseki Natsume was only present in the UK from 1901 to 1903. This is presumed to simply be artistic license. As he returned to Japan in January 1903, yet returns in the game between The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro (February) and The Adventure of the Unspeakable Story (April), plus the fact that he would be 36 in 1903, the real-life dates are rendered irreconcilable with the dates in-game.

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  • March 8: Selena Sprocket dies in the aftermath of a car accident, and Sorin Sprocket is afflicted with anterograde amnesia.
  • April 17: Rex Kyubi is murdered by Florent L'Belle. Athena Cykes returns to the United States.
    • April 18-19: Trial of Damian Tenma for the murder of Rex Kyubi. Athena Cykes makes her court debut as co-counsel to lead defense attorney Apollo Justice.
  • July 20: Jack Shipley dies. Phoenix Wright regains his attorney's badge and begins taking cases again.
  • October 23: Constance Courte is murdered by Aristotle Means.
  • November: Armie Buff and her mother are injured in an arson. Armie is confined to a wheelchair, and her mother dies from her injuries.
  • December 14: The Hope probe returns to Earth.
    • December 15: Clay Terran is murdered by the Phantom.
    • December 16: Candice Arme is murdered by Ted Tonate. First session of the trial of Solomon Starbuck for the murder of Clay Terran. Trial interrupted by a bomb brought in as evidence going off. No one is harmed by the explosion except for Apollo Justice, who is injured shielding Juniper Woods from debris. The explosion leaves Courtroom No. 4 in ruins.
    • December 17: First session of the trial of Juniper Woods for the bombing of Courtroom No. 4. Apollo Justice is assaulted by Ted Tonate while investigating the destroyed courtroom.
    • December 18: Conclusion of the trial of Juniper Woods.
    • December 20: Conclusion of the trial of Solomon Starbuck. Trial of Athena Cykes for the murders of Clay Terran and Metis Cykes. Charges against Simon Blackquill are cleared, and he is later released from prison.
    • Between December 20 and April 2028: The HAT-3 rocket is successfully launched with Solomon Starbuck on board.

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