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You can print this checklist. It may help you to remember what to tell the magistrate in your submissions.
This checklist is not legal advice. Not all of the actions or directions in the checklist will apply to your case.
For sample submissions, see:
Sample: Verbal submissions
Sample: Written submissions
Circumstances of the offence
Date & time of offence.
Where the offence took place.
What traffic conditions were like (for traffic offences).
Other relevant issues (for example any medical or personal problem that affected your ability to make a proper judgment).
Secondary school (name of high school you attended and what year you finished).
Tertiary school (name of TAFE, University or college you attended and what you completed).
Training or education that you are currently completing (name of course, name of TAFE, University, college or training provider providing the training or course and how long until you complete the course or training).
Present employment (start date, length of time in job and brief job description).
Past employment (start and finish date and brief job description).
Prospects of future employment (name of employer and start date).
Ability to pay any fine ordered by the court.
Whether you are single, married, de facto, separated and whether you have any dependent children.
Criminal history and driving history (where relevant)
Criminal history (any offences that you have been convicted of by a court).
Driving history (how long you have held your licence, the number of offences you have had during this time, whether your licence has been suspended or disqualified before).
Need for licence - if you received a traffic fine
Why you need your licence (if you drive as part of your job, if you drive your children to school or childcare, or you are a carer for someone with a disability and having a licence is essential).
What hardship (problems) may be caused by a licence disqualification or suspension.
How you feel about the offence (for example, you are sorry you committed the offence).
Your understanding of the seriousness of the offence.
What orders you would like the court to make.