​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 |

The decision

After the magistrate has heard all the evidence and listened to the summaries from you and the prosecutor, they will decide whether you are guilty or not guilty of the offence.

    ​Not guilty

    If you are successful in defending the charges against you, you will be found not guilty and the charge will be dismissed. You are free to leave the court.

    The prosecutor cannot appeal the local court's decision to a higher court, such as the district court. In some cases you may be able to ask that your legal costs be paid (if you have any).

    For more information, see Paying costs.

    If you have pleaded not guilty to more than one offence, the magistrate will need to make a decision about your guilt for each offence. It is possible for the magistrate to find you not guilty for some offences and guilty for other offences.

    Guilty

    If you lose the case, the magistrate may sentence you for the offence on the same day or on another day.

    Depending on the seriousness of the offence and whether you already have a criminal record, the court may make orders about:

    • a pre-sentence report, which looks at your suitability for different types of penalties
    • assessing your suitability for a program like the Magistrates Early Referral into Treatment (MERIT) Program, if you have a problem with illegal drugs,
    • adjourning your case to allow you to complete a driver education program, such as the Traffic Offenders Intervention Program.

    It is important that if you go to court for a hearing, you are prepared to make submissions about sentence in case you are found guilty, even if you pleaded not guilty.

    For more information on how to prepare your submissions and what sentence the court can give you, see Your submissions.

    What happens next?

    For more information on what happens after a decision is made, see After court.