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An accused can only get one adjournment by phone

The Children's and Magistrates' courts restrict the number of times that a matter can be adjourned without the accused appearing before the magistrate. The accused person my make one adjournment by calling the court by 3 pm the day before their hearing. They can not do this if they are on bail.

If any further adjournments are needed, the accused will have to go to court on the day of the hearing and ask the magistrate. They will need a good reason.

See Magistrates' Court Criminal Procedure Rules 2019 (Vic) and Can a court hearing be moved or adjourned?