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Pleading not guilty in writing

    ​Can you plead not guilty in writing?

    If you know how you want to plead, but you can't get to the court on the date on the Court Attendance Notice (CAN) to tell the magistrate, you may be able to fill out a form telling the court what you want to do. The form is called a 'Written Notice of Pleading'. On the form you need to tell the court whether you intend to plead guilty or not guilty.

    If you tell the court that you intend to plead not guilty, you may not need to attend the mention, but you will still need to attend court for the hearing of your case.

    Alert Icon You cannot use a Written Notice of Pleading if you are on bail for the offence and your bail conditions require that you attend court.

    A Written Notice of Pleading form must be sent to the court that you have to attend at least seven days before the mention date. If you send it any later and do not attend court, your case may be heard in your absence (without you) and the court may find you guilty.

    How to complete a Written Notice of Pleading

    A blank Written Notice of Pleading may be sent to you with your CAN. If you have not received a Written Notice of Pleading form, you can get one from:

    If you use a Written Notice of Pleading to plead not guilty, you will need to include the following:

    • your name
    • the details of the offence listed on your CAN
    • the name and address of the court your CAN says you are required to attend
    • the date your CAN says you are required to attend court
    • the number of witnesses you intend to use for your case
    • any dates that you are unavailable in the three month period after the mention
    • your contact details, such as email and phone numbers
    • whether or not you have a solicitor.

    After you complete the form you should:

    • sign the form,
    • take it to the court, or send it by post or fax and
    • call the court to check that it was received and will be placed on your file.

     You should send the Written Notice of Pleading to the local courts postal address, not the address that appears on your CAN. You can find the local courts postal address on the Local Courts website.

    Instructions:  Instructions for filling out a Written Notice of Pleading - Pleading not guilty.

    Sample:Sample Written Notice of Pleading - Pleading not guilty.

    Can the court reject a Written Notice of Pleading?

    The court may reject your Written Notice of Pleading, if you pleaded not guilty, if:

    • you have not provided enough information to the court, or 
    • it does not want to list the case for hearing without you being there.

    If the court rejects your Written Notice of Pleading the case will be adjourned (postponed) and you will be notified that you are required to attend personally before the court on the next occasion.

    If you do not go to court on the new date, the case may be heard without you or a warrant may be issued for your arrest.

    What happens next?

    After your court date, the court registry will send you a letter telling you the date that your case will be heard by the magistrate. If you want to know the date that was set by the magistrate sooner, you can call the court registry and ask a court officer.

    Before the hearing date you should start preparing your case.

    For more information, see Preparing for the hearing - Step by step guide.