NSW Courts Articles

The Right to Remain Silent

All Australians used to have the right to remain silent. You might even think we still do. But as of last year, words to the effect of “you have the right to remain silent” now firmly belong in the domain of a standard Hollywood crime thriller. No, it’s not quite that dramatic, and you do… Read more »

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Going to Court? Information on the New South Wales Court System

Local Court Most criminal and civil cases first enter the New South Wales (NSW) court system via the Local Court. The Local Court is presided over by magistrates who hear and decide cases. The Local Court has criminal and civil jurisdictions. It deals with: ‘Summary cases’ – which are criminal cases that have a maximum… Read more »

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What to Consider When Choosing Traffic Lawyers

Are you facing a court appearance for a traffic offence? Having the right legal representation can make the difference between being given a long period of disqualification and keeping your licence. There are a number of law firms that can provide you with traffic lawyers, but unfortunately they can’t all offer the same level of service and results…. Read more »

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Finding the Best Criminal Lawyer for Parramatta Drug Court

The Drug Court in NSW is a state scheme under which drug dependent offenders can be referred to rehabilitation programs as a way to help reduce the likelihood of them reoffending, and allow them to address their dependency. The Drug Court is based in Parramatta, Toronto and Sydney, and takes referrals from a number of courts in… Read more »

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How Can DUI Lawyers in Sydney Help Me In Court?

Driving under the Influence (DUI) comes with a number of potential penalties including fines, disqualification from driving, and potentially, imprisonment. If you are facing a DUI charge, it is a good idea to seek legal advice and representation if you want to ensure the best possible outcome in your case. Experienced DUI lawyers can give… Read more »

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How Can I Prepare For An Appearance At The District Court?

Going to court for any matter is an uncomfortable and often stressful experience. If you are facing charges that are to be dealt with at a District Court it is a good idea to be as well prepared as possible. District courts generally deal with more serious criminal cases and appeals against local court decisions, so it… Read more »

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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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