Useful documents - Criminal trials

You may find these documents useful if you must represent yourself at a Magistrates Court criminal trial.

They are also available in different places throughout the guide. 

Sample letters, forms and Magistrates Court fact sheets

Getting prosecution information
Preparing your evidence
Summonsing witnesses
The verdict
Changing your plea
What is contempt of court?


Court forms can also be downloaded in Word document format from the Magistrates Court of WA website.

Magistrates Court criminal trial kitRepresenting yourself at a Magistrates Court criminal trial

This information kit is for people pleading not guilty to a criminal or traffic charge in the Magistrates Court, who will not have a lawyer at trial.

It explains:

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



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