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Madeleine Lynch

Lawyer, Fitzroy Legal Service

Traffic offences heard in the Magistrates’ Court

Last updated

1 July 2021

If you have been charged with a traffic offence that is to be heard in the Magistrates’ Court, you have a number of options about your appearance in court:

  1. You can represent yourself. However, this can be difficult for people with no legal experience. (See Chapter 2.3: Representing yourself in court.)
  2. You can pay a lawyer to represent you in court. This can be expensive (e.g. over $1000 a day).
  3. While legal aid is not generally available for traffic offences, a duty lawyer at court may be able to provide free legal advice and representation on the day of the court hearing.
  4. You can use Robot Lawyers Australia. However, this technology is in its infancy and should be approached with caution.
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