​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 |

Your documents

If you are going to court to plead guilty to a driving or criminal charge, you should give the court some documents to support your submissions. ​

    ​​Character references

    A character reference is a letter to the court written by people who know you and can tell the court about your character. 

    A character reference can:

    • show the magistrate you are normally a person of good character
    • tell the magistrate about any special circumstances, such as why you need a licence or any personal issues which may help explain why you committed the offence.

    Instructions:  Instructions for writing a character reference.

    Sample:  Sample character reference.

    Employment and education

    You should tell the magistrate about your employment and education history.

    If you have been charged with a driving offence and you need a drivers licence for your job, you should let the court know.  It is a good idea to get a letter from your employer confirming that you need your licence for work and how losing your licence may affect your job. The court may take that into consideration when deciding how long to disqualify you from driving, or whether to disqualify you at all.

    When sentencing you the magistrate can also take into account your education. You may want to provide copies of certificates showing your level of education to the court. 

    Medical evidence

    If you are suffering from any medical condition or are receiving treatment, you should provide evidence of this to the magistrate. You can hand up a detailed medical certificate, letter or report from your doctor.

    Any certificate, letter or report should be signed and dated. It should also be addressed to the Presiding Magistrate of the court your case is listed in.

    If you are receiving medication for a condition, you can also bring a recent prescription.

    Other documents

    If you think there are other things about you that the court should take into consideration, you should tell the magistrate and if necessary provide some evidence. For example you could provide:

    • a copy of payslips
    • a letter from Centrelink if you want to tell the magistrate that it would be difficult for you to pay a large fine
    • a copy of receipts if you were charged with an offence where someone was hurt or property was damaged and you paid for the victim's expenses or the property damage
    • evidence of weather and road conditions if you have been charged with a traffic offence. ​