First Day at Court
If you are in custody, you will need to decide whether or not you will apply to be released (bail).
There are limitations on the number of times you can apply for bail in the local courts so it’s best to obtain legal advice when making this decision.
Whether or not you are in custody, you will need to obtain a copy of the police charges and ‘police facts’. Once you have these and have read them, you will need to consider whether to plead ‘Guilty’ or ‘Not Guilty’.
You need to consider whether you will represent yourself or find a lawyer to represent you. If you choose to appoint a lawyer, you will usually appear in court together with your lawyer.
Plea of ‘Guilty’
If you agree with the ‘police facts’ and charge(s), you may decide to plea ‘Guilty’. The Court may sentence you immediately or may adjourn your matter for sentence to another day.
Plea of ‘Not-Guilty’
If you do not agree with the ‘police facts’ or any charge, you may decide to plea ‘Not-Guilty’ to one, or all, of the charges. When you decide to plead ‘Not-Guilty’ the Court may:
- Set a hearing date on which the police and their witnesses, and you and your witnesses will appear at Court; alternatively,
- The Court may adjourn your matter in order for the police to provide you with all their evidence and for you to consider all the evidence provided to you.
Bankstown Local Court House is located at Cnr Chapel Road and The Mall, Bankstown NSW 2200
Blacktown Local Court House is located at 1 Kildare Rd, Blacktown NSW 2148
Burwood Local Court House is located at 7 Belmore St, Burwood NSW 2134
Campbelltown Local Court House is located at 95 Railway St, Campbelltown NSW 2560
Central Local Court Sydney is located at 98 Liverpool St, Sydney NSW 2000
Central Court Sydney
Downing Centre Local Court Sydney is located 143-147 Liverpool St, Sydney NSW 2000
Downing Centre Court Sydney
Fairfield Local Court House is located at Spencer St, Fairfield NSW 2165
Hornsby Local Court House is located at 294 Pacific Highway, Hornsby NSW 2077
Liverpool Local Court House is located at 150 George St, Liverpool NSW 2170
Moss Vale Local Court House is located at 356 Argyle St, Moss Vale NSW 2577
Moss Vale Local Court House
Mount Druitt Local Court House is located at 59 North Parade, Mount Druitt NSW 2770
Penrith Local Court House is located at 62-74 Henry Street, Penrith NSW 2750
Picton Local Court House is located at 88 Argyle St, Picton NSW 2571
Picton Court House
Sutherland Local Court House is located at Flora St & Belmont St S, Sutherland NSW 2232