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LawAccess NSW > Representing Yourself > Driving offences and crime

Who's who in court - Driving offences and crime

This is a picture of how a courtroom might look for a driving or a criminal case in the Local Court in NSW.


Picture showing who's who in court in a fines case

 


 

​​ 1 J​udicial office​​​r
5
Prosecutor
 
In the Local Court, this may be a registrar or magistrate.

 
The person who is handling the case against you, for example a representative from the Police, Council, RSPCA or RMS.

2
Court officer
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Defendant/Applicant
This person helps the judicial officer.

When you go to court to respond to a charge you are called the 'defendant'. 

If you appeal the suspension of your driver's licence, you will be called the 'applicant'.

3
Bench
7
Bar table
This is where the judicial officer sits. You should not go up to the bench unless asked. If you need to give documents to the judicial officer, the court officer will get them from you.

This is the table where you should sit when your case is called.



4
Witness box or stand
This is where a witness will sit if they are asked to give oral evidence under oath.