How to deal with traffic offences heard in the Magistrates’ Court

If you are a driver who has 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 Representing yourself in court.)

2 You can pay a lawyer to represent you in court. This can be expensive, with legal fees usually 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 (see More information). However, this technology is in its infancy and should be approached with caution.