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.
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.
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: