You can speak for yourself at court.
BUT it is good to talk to a lawyer before court. Lawyers can help you. They know how the court works.

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Going to Court

Booklet explaining what you should do to prepare for court and what will happen at court.

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Defence lawyer (Yolngu Matha)

This audio explains the word defence lawyer in Yolngu Matha. Click here for more recordings like this.

 

Lawyer (Yolngu Matha)

This audio explains the word lawyer in Yolngu Matha. Click here for more recordings like this.

 

Glossary: What these words mean

plea

If you are charged with an offence and go to court, the just will ask you whether you agree with the charge(s) or not. the answer you give is called a plea. There are two basic types of plea: guilty and not guilty. If you agree with the charge, and that you broke the law, you plead guilty. If you disagree, you plead not guilty.