​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 |

If you miss court

It is important that you attend court on all the mention dates (if there are more than one) and that you attend the hearing. If you don't go to court, the magistrate can make a decision without you being there. The magistrate may adjourn (postpone) your case to another date, but you should not rely on this happening. 

If you are on bail and you miss court, you may be committing an offence and a warrant may be issued for your arrest. You should get legal advice.

If you missed court, you can:

    ​Call the court and check what happened

    If you missed your court date you should call the court and find out what happened. The registry staff will be able to tell you if:

    • the case was adjourned and if so, when the next court date is
    • a decision was made and if so, what the decision was
    • a warrant was issued.

    Icon - alertIf the magistrate issued a warrant for your arrest, you should get legal advice.

    Icon - alertIf you have been charged with a driving offence and didn't go to court, it is important to find out what happened. If the court convicted you in your absence, you may also have been disqualified from driving.

    File an Annulment application

    If you miss your court date, and you are found guilty in your absence, you may be able to apply to have the decision annulled (cancelled). You must have a good reason why you couldn't attend court.

    You can file an Annulment Application at any NSW local court, but your matter will be listed at the same court where the original decision to find you guilty was made.

    If the magistrate accepts your explanation, the decision will be annulled and your case re-heard.

    Some reasons why the decision could be annuled may be:

    • you were too sick to attend court
    • you were involved in an accident on your way to court
    • you were delayed because of some other reason, for example, assisting police, you were under arrest, or there were serious traffic delays
    • if the court thinks it is in the interests of justice to annul the decision.
    • An application for annulment may not be successful where:
    • you simply forgot to turn up to court, or
    • you got your days confused.

    Icon - alertYou have two years from the date of the court's decision to make an Annulment Application.

    For information about how to make an application, see Making an Annulment Application. ​