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Pleading guilty in writing

If you have received a Court Attendance Notice (CAN), in some cases you may be able to plead guilty in writing instead of going to court. You can do this by filling out​ a form called a 'Written Notice of Pleading' and sending it to the court at least seven days before your court date. 

Icon - alertBefore pleading guilty in writing, you should get legal advice. The court may not accept it and may want you to come to court instead.

Icon - alertYou cannot use a Written Notice of Pleading if you are on bail. You must attend court.

    ​How do you plead guilty in writing?

    A Written Notice of Pleading is a form that tells the court that you want to plead guilty or not guilty. If you plead guilty in writing, the magistrate will make a decision based on what you write in the form and any other documents or information you provide.

    You might want to plead guilty in writing if you can't get to court on the date in the court attendance notice. For example, you may:

    • live out of state and you cannot travel back to NSW to get to court
    • have work or other commitments on the court date that you would find hard to break.

    Icon - alertIf you disagree with anything in the Police Facts Sheet and want it changed you may not get the chance to talk to the police prosecutor about it if you use a Written Notice of Pleading. 

    ​​​How do you fill in a Written Notice of Pleading?

    A blank Written Notice of Pleading may be sent to you with your CAN. If you have not received a Written Notice of Pleading form, you can get a copy from:

    If you use a Written Notice of Pleading to plead guilty, you will need to include:

    • your name
    • the details of the offence listed on your CAN
    • the name and address of the court you are required to attend
    • the date you are required to attend court
    • information about how and why the offence happened
    • information about yourself, including your financial situation, your character and personal circumstances.

    You should also attach:

    • character references
    • any other relevant documents, for example, medical reports.

    Icon - alertIf possible it is better to go to court to plead guilty. If you go to court you can explain your version of events to the magistrate and you can answer any other questions they may have.

    Instructions: Instructions for filling out a written notice of pleading - pleading guilty​.

    Sample: Sample written notice of pleading - pleading guilty.

    How do you file a Written Notice of Pleading?

    After you complete the form you should:

    • sign the form
    • take it to the court, or send it by post or fax
    • call the court to check that it was received and placed on your file.

    Icon - alertA Written Notice of Pleading should be received by the court listed on your CAN at least seven days before the mention. If they receive it any later, the court may decide to sentence you without considering it.

    Can the court reject a Written Notice of Pleading?

    The court may reject a plea of guilty if:

    • the explanation provided shows that you disagree with the Police Facts Sheet
    • the magistrate does not want to decide the case without you being there. For example, if the magistrate decides to give you a good behaviour bond, then you will be required to attend court to sign the bond. In this case the magistrate will adjourn (postpone) your case to another day and ask you to come to court.

    What happens next?

    After your court date, the court registry will send you a letter notifying you of the decision made by the magistrate. If you want to know the decision sooner, you can call the court registry and ask a court officer.

    If the court accepted your Written Notice of Pleading but you are not happy with your sentence, you can appeal the decision to the District Court.

    Icon - alertYou have 28 days from the date of the decision to appeal to the district court. You should get legal advice before appealing.

    For information about how to get character references and a full list of things you can ask the court to consider, see Preparing for court​. 

    For information about how to get character references and a full list of the things you can ask the court to consider, see Preparing for court. ​​