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Going to court
Court can be a complex, stressful and costly process. You should seek legal advice about your matter before coming to court. Support services may also be available to help you.
You must go to the correct court for your legal matter. Contact the court where your matter is being heard or the court nearest to where you live.
The Electronic Filing Appearance System (EFAS) allows you to search for court listings. Searches are possible by name, court and date.
Parties to a proceeding and accused persons in custody may be able to appear via a video link for a court hearing. The arrangements for organising a video link, called an audio visual link (AVL), depend on the type of matter before the court.
Deciding to represent yourself in court is a big decision. You should have a clear understanding of what will be involved and your responsibilities.
If you can’t attend court on the day of your hearing, you may be able to postpone. This is called an adjournment.
An online hearing enables a person to have their matter heard from a remote location.
Whatever your situation, it's important to know that help and support is available.
Most criminal, civil, family law, family violence and victims of crime matters held in open court are recorded.
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