A daily list of the cases to be heard in these State Courts. The list is updated late in the day if you wish to check the list for the following day.
Examples of Summary Offences are Drink Driving, street offenses, offensive conduct or language
Examples of Indictable Offences are murder, robbery, malicious wounding and dangerous driving.
The Crime, police and victims of crime chapter by Legal Aid has information on topics such as search and seizure, the questions you must answer for the police and bail.
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If you have been the victim of a crime, then you may be eligible for Compensation for victims of crime. You may, for example, be eligible for assistance with medical or counselling expenses.
You may also have other legal rights against the offender. For this you will need to see a lawyer.
A National Police Certificate or a 'police check' provides a summary of a person's criminal history. It is sometimes requested by organisations as one part of their process to ensure the integrity of their staff or volunteers.
Information on applying for a Certificate Fees and charges apply.
For information on traffic offices, defending charges, impounding or confiscation of vehiclesk drin / drug driving and penalties see the Legal Aid chapter on Traffic Offences.
Information on how to pay a fine, what happens if you don't pay it one time, how to ask for an extension of time to pay or to do community service instead is available at the Legal Aid chapters on fines and Infringement Notices.
Often it can be hard to understand why a penalty seems to be too light or too hard when we read or hear about it in the media.
Judge for yourself: A Guide to Sentencing in Australia explains in plain English what goes on in the background in deciding the appropriate sentence.
What factors does the court take into account? How much discretion does the judicial officer have? To what extent is the discretion limited? Why is a particular penalty chosen? Why a non-custodial sentence rather than imprisonment? Why a minimum sentence of three years for a bashing rather than, say, ten years? Is the sentence going to be effective? How will we know?
A character reference helps to show the court that people in your daily life think highly of you and that you are a person of good character.
It shows the court that you have good qualities, are not likely to offend again if given a second chance and that a more lenient penalty (sentence) may be appropriate.
If you have been served with a summons or have been requested to attend a police station for any reason, it is best you seek advice from a lawyer.
It is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible - don't leave it to the last minute.
Smart Guy Needs a Lawyer is a publication aimed at young people who may need to attend court or see a lawyer. It explains how young people should choose a lawyer and what to expect when they see them.
Court and Tribunal Services website information answers all the frequently asked questions and gives detailed instructions as to what you must do.