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

Basic reckoning

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.


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.






















  • 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.
  • 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.
    • October 25-26: Athena Cykes makes her court debut in the trial of Juniper Woods for the murder of Constance Courte.
  • 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.
  • Between December 20 and April 2028: The HAT-3 rocket is successfully launched with Solomon Starbuck on board.


  • Between late 2026 and April 2028: Ema Skye becomes a forensic scientist.
  • Between December 20, 2027 and May 2028: Courtroom No. 4 is rebuilt.
  • April: Phoenix Wright and Simon Blackquill face off each other in court.
  • Phoenix Wright travels to the Kingdom of Khura'in.
  • April 23: Paht Rohl is murdered by Pees'lubn Andistan'dhin.
  • April 27: Manov Mistree is murdered by Roger Retinz.
    • April 28: Trial of Trucy Wright for the murder of Manov Mistree. Nahyuta Sahdmadhi travels from Khura'in to prosecute the trial.
  • May 8: Datz Are'bal escapes from prison.
  • May 9: Rheel Neh'mu is killed by Beh'leeb Inmee in self-defense.
    • May 10: Tahrust Inmee commits suicide to cover for his wife.
    • May 11-12: Trial of Maya Fey for the murders of Tahrust Inmee and Rheel Neh'mu. Nahyuta Sahdmadhi returns to Khura'in to prosecute the trial, and Ema Skye travels to the country as well.
  • May 12: Taifu Toneido is murdered by Geiru Toneido.
    • May 13: Trial of Bucky Whet for the murder of Taifu Toneido. Nahyuta Sahdmadhi returns to America to prosecute the trial.
  • May 15: Archie Buff is murdered by Paul Atishon.
    • May 16: Phoenix Wright returns from Khura'in. Dhurke Sahdmadhi is murdered by Inga Karkhuul Khura'in during a rescue mission to save Maya Fey. Maya goes to America and channels Dhurke.
    • May 17: Apollo Justice and Phoenix Wright hold a civil trial. Datz Are'bal is accused of Dr. Buff's murder, but suspicion is lifted from him during the civil trial.
  • May 18: Phoenix Wright, Apollo Justice, Athena Cykes, Trucy Wright, and Miles Edgeworth travel to Khura'in. Inga Karkhuul Khura'in is murdered by Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in. Maya stops channelling Dhurke and Amara begins to channel him.
    • May 19: Trial of Dhurke Sahdmadhi for the murder of Inga Karkhuul Khura'in's and the assassination of Amara Sigatar Khura'in. Amara stops channelling Dhurke and his death is made public.
    • May 20: Phoenix Wright, Maya Fey, Athena Cykes, Trucy Wright, and Miles Edgeworth return from Khura'in. Apollo Justice stays behind to take over his foster father's former law office as Justice Law Offices.
  • Maya Fey's training in Khura'in ends and she becomes a fully-qualified leader of Kurain Village.
  • Faitah Inmee is born.
  • September 20: Dumas Gloomsbury is murdered by Pierce Nichody.
    • September 22-23: Trial of Ellen Wyatt for the murder of Dumas Gloomsbury.
    • September 23: Ellen Wyatt marries Sorin Sprocket.


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