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VLA resources for clients about the Magistrates' Court procedure

Victoria Legal Aid resources for public about going to the magistrates court for a criminal offence or fine.

VLA website

The 'find legal answers' part of our website has information for the public on the following pages about going to the Magistrates' court after being charged with a criminal offence:

VLA publications

The website also has resources including publications about going to the Magistrates' Court:

Fact sheets

VLA has produced list of fact sheets to help people who turn up at court and want information about:

  • Pleading guilty
  • Pleading not guilty
  • Diversion
  • Appealing a Magistrates' court decision
  • What I want to say in court
  • Writing a character reference
  • Rehearings

See Fact sheets for clients.

Procedures for the Magistrates' Court (pdf, 265 KB)(opens in a new window)

A flowchart to explain the steps involved in going to court.

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