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Police and crime

Most criminal offences heard by a local court are commenced by New South Wales police. If you have been charged with a criminal offence you will receive a Court Attendance Notice.

You will also receive a Court Attendance Notice if you had received a penalty notice or infringement and have chosen to have the matter heard by a court.

A Court Attendance Notice is a document that tells you:

  • details of the alleged offence
  • which court will hear your case
  • when and where to attend court

If you have received a Court Attendance Notice, find out more about criminal cases.

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LawAssist can help you if you have a legal problem in New South Wales and are representing yourself. LawAssist explains legal procedures and forms for court and tribunal cases. LawAssist provides:

  • step by step guides to starting and running your case
  • instructions for filling out court forms
  • checklists and frequently asked questions
  • information for alternatives to court
  • contacts for further information and advice

Need help?

Call LawAccess NSW 1300 888 529

LawAccess NSW is a free government telephone service that provides legal information, referrals and in some cases, advice for people who have a legal problem in New South Wales.




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​The information on this site is a guide only and is not legal advice - see disclaimer.