How long will court take?

Short Answer

You have to wait until they call your name. Sometimes you might wait all morning or all day. In the court room, your court case can take a short or long time. A lawyer can give you advice about how long it will be.

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What will happen in court?

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At court, they will call your name. In the courtroom, the judge will ask what you want to do about your legal problem. If it is a criminal problem, the judge will ask you to plead guilty/not guilty or if you want more time. The judge will usually ask you to come back again on another day.

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I am going to court. What do I do?

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See a lawyer before you go to court. If you can’t see a lawyer, go to court early on your court date if you are in Darwin or call the court after 8:30am on the day you are going to court elsewhere in the NT. Talk to the duty lawyer who has an office at the court.

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The police charged me. What do I do?

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When the police question or arrest you, they have to follow rules. When police charge you, they give you a piece of paper that tells you what laws they say you broke. That paper also tells you when and where to go to court. It is good to talk with a lawyer before you go to court.

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