Criminal trials, appeals and confiscations

Representing yourself at a Magistrates Court criminal trial

This kit will help you if you are pleading not guilty to a criminal or traffic charge in the Magistrates Court and will not have a lawyer to represent you at trial.

It explains:

  • what happens if you plead not guilty
  • how to prepare your defence for trial
  • the steps in a trial
  • what to do if you are found guilty.

There is also an online guide about representing yourself at trial for more help with this topic.

Magistrates Court criminal trial kit

 

Criminal appeals against conviction or sentence

Criminal appeals from Magistrates Court decisions Criminal appeals from District or Supreme Court decisions

These kits are a guide if you want to appeal against a decision relating to your conviction or the sentence imposed for a criminal charge (or both). They have information about how much time you have to start your appeal, what you will need to do, and copies of the forms you will need to fill in and lodge with the court.

There are separate kits for appeals from:


Objecting to confiscation under the Criminal Property Confiscation Act

Objecting to Criminal Property Confiscation - Information Objecting to Criminal Property Confiscation - Forms

This two-part kit explains what to do if you have been served with a freezing notice or freezing order under the Criminal Property Confiscation Act and want to object to your property being confiscated.

It is an introductory guide only. If you have receiving a freezing notice or order, you should get legal advice about your situation as soon as possible.

Disclaimer

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.