1. Receive summons/notice to appear/granted watch-house bail
2. Confirm exactly which courthouse you are to appear before
Double check your paperwork or alternatively ring the appropriate courthouse 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 on time.
3. Court Etiquette
Arrive neat and punctual. Avoid wearing hats, singlets, thongs or sunglasses as it is seen as disrespectful to the court
Turn you mobile phone OFF before you walk into court
See the prosecutor before court opens to inform them you are in court
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 multiple adjournment may not be granted)
4. 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 is often an intimidating and stressful experience for many people. Should you find yourself confronted with the court process you should contact Bosscher Lawyers, the Specialists in Criminal Defence.