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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, all other events being portrayed as being 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.


The developers of the Ace Attorney games, in particular the people in charge of putting down the ages of characters in court records, have not paid much attention to any absolute timeline. This is evident in the fact that characters' ages do not change as the game progresses (except during "flashback" cases), even when a new year passes by. This has led to some inconsistencies in character birthdates. This timeline 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 of 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 13") and may not be exactly correct. Nonetheless, it's unlikely that the "true" dates will be pinned down.




Early 1970sEdit

Late 1970sEdit















  • April 17: Rex Kyubi is killed. Athena Cykes returns to the United States.
  • Phoenix Wright regains his attorney's badge, and begins taking cases again.
  • July 20: Jack Shipley dies.
  • October 24: Constance Courte is killed.
  • December 15: Clay Terran is killed.
    • December 16: Candice Arme is killed. First session of the trial of Solomon Starbuck for the murder of Clay Terran. Apollo Justice is injured in a courtroom bombing.
    • December 17: First session of the trial of Juniper Woods for the bombing of Courtroom No. 4. Apollo Justice is assaulted 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.


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