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Everyday-Law - Preparing for court

This information relates to laws in Victoria, Australia.

Taking court action to sort out a legal issue should normally be a last resort. But if you have to go to court for a civil or criminal case, it is a good idea to know what to expect.

We have information here that helps you through the process.

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The Law Handbook - Going to court (fines)

You may choose or be obliged to go to court. The three types of court hearings dealing with infringements are ‘open court’ hearings in the Magistrates’ court, Magistrates’ court hearing in the ‘Special Circumstances List’ and Infringement warrant enforcement hearings.

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Victoria Legal Aid - Going to court for a criminal charge

Being at court for criminal charges is serious. You can get a criminal record and serious penalties, so get legal advice as soon as possible.

You can read more more about specific charges in these topics:

  • Criminal offences
  • Public transport offences
  • Traffic offences.
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Youthlaw - Going to court

Do you have to go to court for a criminal or a traffic offence? If you don’t go to court, a warrant may be issued for your arrest. This means police can then take you into custody. If you are on bail and you miss your court date, you may be taken into custody and charged with a further offence. You should contact Youthlaw before your court date if you are under 25. There i...
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