Do You Need To Appear In Court?
Have you received a Court Attendance Notice? Appearing at Court without a Lawyer can be a daunting experience. Here are some tips to help you if you choose to represent yourself.
- Make sure you arrive early
- Make sure you have your paperwork with you, a copy of your court documents or court attendance notice
- Ensure that you have references ready for the Magistrate and Police Prosecutor to read
- Always address the Magistrate as “Your Honour”
- You will be asked by the Magistrate whether you are entering a plea of “guilty” or “not guilty”, so make sure you know your answer
- If you are found guilty or have entered a plea of guilty, in some circumstances a pre-sentence report may be ordered by the Magistrate. So, be prepared to participate in an interview so the pre-sentence report can be prepared to help the Magistrate decide what sentence options are most suitable to your situation, eg. a custodial sentence, a fine or something else
If you choose to engage a lawyer, we would be happy to assist. We regularly appear for clients who have been charged with driving offences and offences relating to violence and drugs.