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This is a brief guide for those who are appearing before the Court in New South Wales for the first time. It is important to remember that unlike other formal settings, very real and serious consequences can be incurred if you fail to act appropriately.
This list is not exhaustive, however, should provide you with some helpful tips for when you attend any Court for the first time.
In any criminal matter, you can either plead Guilty or Not Guilty. On the first time, the matter is before the Court you will be asked by the Magistrate how you wish to plead (there can be some exceptions to this general rule):
Nothing frustrates the Court more than defendants that are not prepared. The Court is a formal place that requires documentation and evidence. If you have subjective material to tender, have three copies, one for the Magistrate/Judge, one for the prosecutor and one for yourself. Examples of subjective material include:
In the formal setting of a Courtroom, it is important to conduct yourself appropriately. Failure to do so can result in being ejected from the Court, fines and even imprisonment. Some helpful tips on etiquette include:
If you have a matter listed before the Court and you were considering representing yourself, we suggest that you contact Armstrong Legal before doing so. It is very likely that you may need some legal advice that is timely and accurate. This can save you time, money and the embarrassment of a difficult court appearance.
Please feel free to contact Armstrong Legal Criminal Team on 1300 168 676 for an obligation free consultation.
If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.