​ሕግንና ደንብን በተመለከተ እርዳታ ማግኘት ይፈልጋሉን? - Amharic | هل تحتاج لمساعدة قانونية؟ - Arabic | ܤܢܝܼܩܵܐ ܝ݇ܘ̤ܬ ܠܗܲܝܵܪܬܵܐ ܩܵܢܘܿܢܵܝܬܵܐ؟ - Assyrian | Need Legal Help? - Auslan | Treba li vam pravna pomoc? - Bosnian | Burmese â Need Legal Help? | 需要法律帮助吗? - Chinese Simplified | 需要法律幫助嗎? - Chinese Traditional | Trebate li pravnu pomoć? - Croatian | ضرورت به کمک قانونی دارید؟ - Dari | Wïc Kuɔɔny në Wɛ̈t Löŋ? - Dinka | آیا به کمک حقوقی نیاز دارید؟ - Farsi | Gadreva na Veivuke Vakalawa? - Fijian | Kailangan ninyo ba ng tulong na panglegal? - Filipino | Besoin d’aide juridique ? - French | Χρειάζεστε βοήθεια σε νομικά ζητήματα - Greek | क्या आपको कानूनी सलाह चाहिए? - Hindi | Butuhkan Bantuan dalam Masalah Hukum? - Indonesian | Hai bisogno di assistenza legale? - Italian | ត្រូវការជំនួយលើបញ្ហាផ្លូវច្បាប់ឬទេ? - Khmer | 법적인 도움이 필요하십니까? - Korean | Ви треба ли помош со правни работи? - Macedonian | कानूनी सहयोग चाहिएको छ? - Nepalese | Necessita de ajuda com questões jurídicas? - Portuguese | Вам нужна юридическая помощь? - Russian | E Manaomia Fesoasoani i Mea Tau Tulafono? - Samoan | а ли вам треба помоћ у правним питањима? - Serbian | Ma u baahan tahay Caawimmad xagga sharciga ah?- Somali | ¿Necesita ayuda con cuestiones jurídicas? - Spanish | சட்ட உதவி தேவையா? - Tamil | ท่านต้องการความช่วยเหลือทางด้านกฎหมายไหม? - Thai | Fiema’u ha tokoni Fakalao? - Tongan | Yasal Danışmaya İhtiyacınız mı var? - Turkish | Cần Được Giúp Đỡ Về Luật Pháp? - Vietnamese |

After court

If you decided to plead guilty, or if you were found guilty after a hearing, the magistrate will sentence you, which means they will decide on a penalty.

This section has information you need to know after the magistrate makes a decision and sentences you.

    ​​Losing your licence

    If you are guilty of a driving offence, the court may disqualify you from driving for a period of time. If you have been found guilty of three or more serious driving offences over a period of five years, you may face an even longer disqualification.

    For more information, see Losing your licence.

    Paying a court fine

    The magistrate may decide to give you a fine in addition to another penalty or as a penalty by itself. If you have been given a fine, the court will send you a Notice of Penalty.

    For more information, see Paying a court fine.

    Paying costs

    If you have been found guilty, the court might make orders that you pay costs. The costs you may have to pay include:

    • court costs levy
    • victims support levy
    • prosecutor's costs
    • criminal compensation.

    If you are found not guilty and you are represented by a lawyer, you can ask the magistrate to order that the prosecution pay your legal costs.

    For more information, see Paying costs.

    Driving and criminal records 

    If you have been found guilty and convicted, there will be a record of the conviction. Depending on the type of offence, it may be recorded on your driving record or your criminal record.

    For more information, see Driving and criminal records.

    Appeals

    If you are not happy with the decision of the court, you can think about whether to appeal the decision.

    It is possible to appeal:

    • a conviction, if you do not think the magistrate should have decided that you are guilty
    • the sentence, if you believe it was too harsh.

    You have 28 days to appeal a local court decision to the district court. 

    For more information, see Appeals.

    Icon - alertIf you didn't turn up to court you may have been found guilty without being there. For more information about what to do in this situation, see If you miss court.

    FAQs

    For answers to frequently asked questions, see Frequently asked questions