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Appearing in court

Appearing in court


Appearing in court on a criminal charge  

If you been charged with a criminal offence and have to go to court, you can find information here about appearing in the Children's Court, Magistrates Court, District Court and Supreme Court. It includes guidance as to when you should be represented by a lawyer and describes the Legal Aid WA services that may assist you.  More... 



Duty Lawyer Service

Legal Aid WA's Duty Lawyer Service operates in the Magistrates and Children's Courts only. There are some limitations on what a duty lawyer can do for you.  More... 

Pleading guilty in the Magistrates Court

If you are representing yourself on a plea of guilty in the Magistrates Court you will need information about how to prepare for your appearance in court and you will need to understand what happens when you plead guilty.  More...

Pleading not guilty in the Magistrates Court

If you are representing yourself at a trial in the Magistrates Court, you will need information about how to prepare for your trial and information about the trial process, such as how to give evidence and when you may question prosecution witnesses.  More...


Appearing in court as a witness

If you have been called to appear as a witness in a criminal case in court, this information will assist you.  More... 



References for court

In the course of appearing in court, you may need to provide the court with character or other references to support your position.  More... 









 Last reviewed:  11/02/2013

Last modified: 15/04/2015 11:05 AM


The information displayed on this page is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. If you have a legal problem, you should see a lawyer. Legal Aid Western Australia aims to provide information that is accurate, however does not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions in the information provided on this page or incorporated into it by reference.