Tips for Attending Court
Dress appropriately formal or semi-formal conservative dress. Do not wear anything too revealing or inappropriate.
Upon arrival check in with the court orderly, let them know you are present.
Read the court paperwork carefully. The Statement of Material Facts is the document which sets out the particulars or details of the alleged offence.
Obtain legal advice prior to going to Court.
Ensure you arrive on time.
You will be asked whether you understand the charge and whether wish to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty to the charge.
You may wish to seek an adjournment, meaning the matter is put off to a later date. Briefly explain to the Magistrate why the adjournment is required.
Address the Magistrate as “Your Honour”.
Address the Court in a respectful and succinct manner. Explain briefly what you are seeking and why.
Bring your reference materials with you to Court.
If you wish to make an application to a spent conviction, this must be made at the time of sentencing.
Be patient, the court will have many matters to deal with. If you have a lawyer you will be called earlier than if you are self-represented.
(You can also read more tips about giving evidence at court).