​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 |

After court - Frequently Asked Questions​


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1. I received a letter saying that my case was​​​ he​ard and I have been convicted and fined $500.00. I was sick on the day I was supposed to go to court and couldn't make it there. Is there anything I can do?

Yes. It is possible to file an Annulment Application with the Local Court that heard your original case, to have the decision cancelled. When you make an Annulment Application, the matter will be listed before a magistrate and you will need to show that you had a good reason for missing court. If you are successful the case will be re-listed.

For more information, see After court and Making an Annulment Application - Step by step guide.

Alert Icon In most cases, you have two years after the date of the court's decision to make an Annulment Application.


2. I was convicted in the ​Local Court for speeding and I received a letter saying that I have to pay a fine, a court costs levy and a victims support levy. The magistrate didn't say anything about the victims support levy in court. What is it and do I have to pay it?

You must pay the victims support levy. Any person who is convicted of an offence in NSW must pay the levy except where the offence is:

  • parking
  • offensive language
  • travelling on public transport without paying the fare or without a ticket
  • engaging in offensive conduct.

For more information, see Costs in fine cases and Paying the court fine.


3. I was convicted and fined​​ $600.00 plus a court costs levy. I was told I have to pay the total amount within 28 days. I can't afford to pay the whole amount. Can I pay by instalments?

Yes. You can ask the court registry for more time to pay your fine. You will need to complete an Application for Time to Pay a Court Fine. The form is available online or from the court registry.

For more information, see Paying the court fine.

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4. I entered a plea of guilty with​​ an explanation and asked the court to show leniency. I was fined $1000.00 and disqualified for three months. I think this is too harsh. Is there anything I can do?

Yes. If you believe the decision was too harsh it is possible to appeal the decision to the District Court. You must file your appeal within 28 days of the decision. Before filing an appeal you should get legal advice.

For more information, see Appeals and annulments.

Alert Icon If you want to appeal the decision of a magistrate of the Local Court, you must file your appeal within 28 days of the court's decision. If it is more than 28 days but less than three months after the decision, the court may grant you leave to appeal.


5. I missed court because I was sick.​ I later found out that I was fined and my licence was disqualified. I made an Annulment Application. Am I allowed to drive until the court date?

You should not drive. When you file an Annulment Application, your licence will still remain disqualified.

If you go to court and your application is successful, meaning the magistrate cancels (annuls) the original decision, your case will be re-heard. This might happen on the same day or a different day. If your case is listed for another date it is possible to ask the magistrate to make orders postponing (staying) the disqualification until your case is heard. Before driving you should check with the court what orders have been made. ​