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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. Furthermore, a poster seen for Trucy In Gramarye-Land in The Magical Turnabout has its days of the week match up with 2028, which is consistent when adding up the years between it and the final resolution of DL-6. 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.


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.

A free DLC pack for Dai Gyakuten Saiban notes that the game was set in 1897 in early drafts, but the year is never mentioned in the main game. Thus, it is unknown if this is still the intended date.






























  • Simon Blackquill is given permission by Chief Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth to prosecute cases to lure out a spy known as "the Phantom", despite Blackquill serving a prison sentence for murder.
  • 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 and later joins the Wright Anything Agency.
    • 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. Believing Athena Cykes to be Metis Cykes's murderer, Aura Blackquill uses Clonco to take hostages (including Trucy Wright) so that a retrial of the UR-1 Incident can take place before Simon Blackquill's scheduled execution. 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. Upon learning the truth behind the incident, Aura releases the hostages.
    • Trial of Aura Blackquill for kidnapping for ransom. She is found Guilty and imprisoned.
    • Between December 20 and April 2028: The HAT-3 rocket is successfully launched with Solomon Starbuck on board. Miles Edgeworth begins "cleaning up" corruption among the Prosecutors' Office, including firing Gaspen Payne.


  • Between late 2026 and April 2028: Ema Skye becomes a forensic scientist.
  • Between December 20, 2027 and February 23, 2028: Gaspen Payne moves to Khura'in, where he quickly rises to the rank of Chief Prosecutor.
  • Between December 20, 2027 and May 2028: Courtroom No. 4 is rebuilt.
  • Nahyuta Sahdmadhi travels to the United States to study the American legal system and locate Khura'inese insurgents. American Chief Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth requests him to prosecute American cases to make up for the understaffed Prosecutors' Office.
  • April 23: Paht Rohl is murdered by Pees'lubn Andistan'dhin. Phoenix Wright travels to Khura'in.
  • Between April 28 and May 11: Nahyuta Sahdmadhi returns to Khura'in.
  • May 8: Rheel Neh'mu is killed by Beh'leeb Inmee in self-defense. Datz Are'bal escapes from prison.
    • May 10: Tahrust Inmee commits suicide.
    • May 11: Trial of Maya Fey for the murder of Tahrust Inmee.
    • May 12: Trial of Maya Fey for the murder of Rheel Neh'mu. Taifu Toneido is murdered by Geiru Toneido.
    • May 13: Trial of Bucky Whet for the murder of Taifu Toneido. Upon the request of Chief Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth, Nahyuta Sahdmadhi travels to the United States for the purpose of prosecuting the case.
    • May 15: Archie Buff is murdered by Paul Atishon.
    • c. May 16: Dhurke Sahdmadhi is murdered by Inga Karkhuul Khura'in. Maya Fey travels to the United States and channels Dhurke.
    • May 16: Phoenix Wright returns to the United States.
    • May 17: Civil trial between Paul Atishon and Dhurke Sahdmadhi to determine the rightful owner of the Founder's Orb.
    • May 17-18: Phoenix Wright, Apollo Justice, Athena Cykes, Trucy Wright, Miles Edgeworth, and Dhurke Sahdmadhi (as channeled by Maya Fey) travel to Khura'in.
    • Between May 13 and May 18: Nahyuta Sahdmadhi returns to Khura'in.
    • May 18: Inga Karkhuul Khura'in is murdered by Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in.
    • May 19: Trial of Dhurke Sahdmadhi for the murder of Inga Karkhuul Khura'in and the assassination of Amara Sigatar Khura'in. Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in is dethroned and the Defense Culpability Act nullified. As Rayfa Padma Khura'in, who is set to be the next queen of Khura'in, currently lacks the spiritual power required for the position, Nahyuta Sahdmadhi acts as her regent.
    • May 20: Phoenix Wright, Maya Fey, Athena Cykes, Trucy Wright, and Miles Edgeworth return from Khura'in. Apollo Justice stays behind to reopen Dhurke's old law office as the Justice Law Offices.
  • Maya Fey concludes her training in Khura'in and 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. Among those in attendance at the ceremony include Phoenix Wright, Maya Fey, Larry Butz, Athena Cykes, Miles Edgeworth, and Ema Skye.
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