NSW Courts Articles

Is There a Duty Lawyer from Legal Aid at Hornsby Local Court?

If you are attending a local court for a criminal matter, it is not essential to have a lawyer represent you. You can represent yourself, but it’s still a good idea to seek some professional legal advice. There are a number of free advice services available through Legal Aid, but one of the most useful… Read more »

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What is the Role of Criminal Barristers in Sydney?

A criminal barrister is a legal professional with specialist training in the justice and court system. Criminal barristers are usually called in to work with clients who are going through the justice system and are facing complex or more serious legal matters. Criminal barristers in Sydney usually work from a number of different courts in the area,… Read more »

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Does North Sydney Local Court Offer Referral to the MERIT Program?

The Magistrates Early Referral into Treatment program (MERIT) is a voluntary rehabilitation program that is available to offenders in most local courts, including North Sydney Local Court. For offenders who have a confirmed substance abuse problem, the MERIT program provides an opportunity to seek treatment and address their issues, and can also lead to a less severe sentence… Read more »

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What Do Staff at the Court Registry Do?

All local courts have a court registry that is staffed with trained court registrars. A court registrar is an employee of the local court who is trained to deal with a number of administrative and clerical court matters, including preparing court lists, filing and keeping track of court-related documents, helping members of the public with… Read more »

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Applying for Legal Aid at Albury Court

If you are facing legal proceedings for a criminal matter at any court, you will probably benefit from seeking legal representation. Representation can be provided by private lawyers, but they may be costly. An alternative is to seek a grant of legal aid. If successful, this means that the Legal Aid Commission can pay a… Read more »

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