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.