If You Need to Go to Court:
- Confirm exactly the courthouse in which you are to appear.
- There are courts all over Brisbane and surrounds. Make sure you have the right one by double checking your paperwork or ring the registry. Note there are two separate Magistrates court buildings in Brisbane City.
- Different courts begin at different times – ensure you make a note of when you are to appear and arrive early.
- Court Etiquette
- Do not arrive late. Avoid wearing hats, singlets, thongs or sunglasses as it is seen as disrespectful to the court.
- Turn your mobile phone OFF before you walk into court.
- See the prosecutor before court opens to inform them you are there.
- Always address the magistrate as “Your Honour”.
- If you need an adjournment for legal advice or any other reason you can seek an adjournment (note that repeated adjournment requests may not be granted).
- Criminal Jurisdictions
- Whilst all criminal matters begin in the Magistrates Court, not all matters can be finalised within the same court.
- Depending on the seriousness of your charge(s) your matter may have to be transferred to a higher court, whether that be the District Court or the Supreme Court.
- This process cannot be done on your first appearance.
The court process can be an intimidating and stressful experience for many people. Should you find yourself having to attend court you should contact the Criminal lawyers in Brisbane at Jones + Associates.