WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU ARE CHARGED WITH A CRIMINAL OFFENCE IN QUEENSLAND?
Your matter will be mentioned in the Magistrates Court. Prior to your matter being mentioned, the police should have prepared a document called a QP9 Court Brief (“QP9”). CLICK HERE to see an example of a QP9 Court Brief.
The QP9 should include:
- the offence/s you have been charged with.
- the facts police rely upon to support the charge/s.
- what evidence the police have to prove the charge/s.
If you have a lawyer representing you they will generally request a copy of the QP9 from the Prosecution in advance of your Court mention date.
Do I need to attend the first mention of my case?
If you are not legally represented you must appear at the first mention of your matter.
If you have been issued a notice-to-appear you must appear at the first mention of your matter even if you are legally represented.
- you have been charged at the watch house; and
- you have been granted bail; and
- you are legally represented
it is common practice for your lawyer to appear for you and ask for your appearance to be excused to avoid you having to appear.
PLEASE NOTE, if you must appear at the first mention of your matter and you do not appear, then the Magistrate will most likely issue a warrant for your arrest.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH A CRIMINAL OFFENCE, CALL US TODAY FOR EXPERT REPRESENTATION.
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