​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

At the end of your case you will either be found guilty or not guilty. If you are guilty, the magistrate will decide what punishment to give you, if any. This is called 'sentencing'.

This section covers:

    ​Paying the court fine

    If you have been fined by the court, the magistrate will usually order that you pay the fine within 28 days. You will be sent a notice of penalty which tells you the amount you have to pay.

    If you can't pay the fine within 28 days, you can apply at the court registry to pay the fine by instalments or ask for an extension. You can't ask the court registry for an extension of more than three months to pay the fine.

    For more information, see Paying the court fine.      

    Appealing the decision

    If you are not happy with the decision of the court, you may wish to consider whether to appeal the decision. It is possible to appeal:

    • a conviction, if you do not think the magistrate should have decided that you are guilty
    • the sentence, if you believe it was too harsh.

    Alert IconThere are time limits for appealing the decision. You must file your appeal within 28 days of the decision. You should get legal advice before filing an appeal.

    For more information, see Appeals and annulments.

    Annulling (cancelling) the decision if you missed court

    If you were not at court when the decision was made, it may be possible to apply to the Local Court to have the decision annulled (cancelled) and the case re-heard. You will need to file an Annulment Application. A magistrate may annul the decision if:

    • you did not receive your Court Attendance Notice (CAN)
    • you have a good reason for not attending court
    • it is in the interests of justice to annul the decision.

    Alert IconThere is a time limit for filing an Annulment Application. You must make your application within two years of the original decision. If you are not sure if you are out of time to make an Annulment Application, you should get legal advice.

    For more information, see Appeals and annulments.

    ​​How the decision affects your driving or criminal record

    If you have been found guilty and convicted of the alleged offence, there will be a record of the conviction. Depending on the type of offence, it may be recorded on your driving record or your criminal record.

    For more information, see Driving and criminal records. ​

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