Tips for Self-Representation in Court

If you cannot afford a private lawyer or are not eligible for legal aid, you may wish to represent yourself. For example, you may wish to represent yourself for a red light camera offence. However, for a charge of affray or any other table 1, table 2 or a strictly indictable offence, it is strongly advised that you reconsider your position to represent yourself in Court.


Most criminal defence lawyers will provide a free phone consultation with you and you should take advantage of that opportunity to speak to an expert criminal lawyer.  


If you wish to book a free 15-minute phone conference with a criminal defence lawyer from Lyons Law Group, you may contact us anytime by telephone.

Irrespective if the matter is a small traffic offence or a serious offence, you should think carefully if you are able to represent yourself in Court adequately. It is advised that you should contact a criminal defence lawyer and obtain free legal advice before making any decision or going to Court.

Law part codes are contained in a factsheet when a person is charged. Each charge usually will include a law part code next to it. A law part code in indictments indicates exactly what offence is being dealt with by the Court.


The database where you search a law part code is here. The Law Part Code refers to the substantive offence and sometimes is known as the NSW offence code.

Before you go to Court, you should look up the nsw court listing on the justice link website. Your next court listing will show if you type in your full name as per the Factsheet or infringement notice. This will usually conform with the date for court listing on your Factsheet.

The police factsheet summarises what the police say they can prove against you. It is not evidence. It provides a crucial insight into the case against you and may include objective forms of evidence the police intend to rely on against you. For example, CCTV footage, DNA or fingerprint evidence. The document includes details of the charges against you and the police station you were charged.


In addition, the Factsheet allows you to determine whether your matter will be finalised in the Local Court of NSW or the NSW District Court. 

If you enter a plea of guilty, the matter will be set down for a sentence, or if the offence is relatively minor, the Local Court magistrate may seek to finalise your matter on the day. For sentence, you should be prepared to make submissions on your behalf as to what penalty is appropriate for the offence. You should take with you to Court, for example, the following documents;


  • Letter of apology written by you;
  • Character references (the references must indicate that they are aware you are pleading guilty to that specific offence);
  • Certificates of completion of any relevant program;
  • Your medical and health records.; and
  • Any other documents that may be relevant to your sentence.

For all summary offences, if you enter a plea of not guilty, the Court is required to set the matter down for a defended hearing. This means that the police will need to provide you with all the evidence they intend to rely upon against you at the hearing. A brief service order will be made for indictable or strictly indictable matters. This means that the police are required to provide you or your criminal defence lawyer a copy of all the evidence they intend to rely upon against you.


If you are pleading not guilty to criminal charges, it is best you contact a top criminal lawyer. A criminal matter is not to be taken lightly as it could have severe consequences and could result in a full-time custodial sentence.

If the police have charged you or a loved one, you must attend court. Appearing in court for a criminal charge is usually daunting. Let us help you make the process easier. Here are 10 reasons to choose our team of criminal lawyers from Lyons Law Group;


Result-focused criminal lawyers 


Our team will work to achieve the best result for you in the shortest time possible. However, we do aim to provide quality over quantity service to you. Our criminal lawyers appear in all criminal and traffic matters, including trials, sentencing, bail applications, and apprehended violence orders. We are a result-focused firm of lawyers.

At Lyons Law, we do not make any unrealistic promises for results. You will be advised on the most realistic results achievable in your case, including acquittals of all charges against you. Nevertheless, you can be sure that our team will work extremely hard to achieve the best possible outcome for you.


Proven Track Record


Our experienced defence lawyers are passionate about representing their clients and achieving the best outcome. Lyons Law is a team of solicitors who are dedicated, and with our support staff, you can be confident of the highest quality of legal representation. We have an exceptional track record of results. We provide our outstanding client service at an affordable rate for our clients.


Fixed Fees


We always let our clients know how much their cases will cost from the beginning. This makes it easier for them to decide whether or not they want to proceed with the case. Not only do we offer fixed fees for many types of criminal cases and services, but also free first phone consultations. In addition, our firm offers fixed fees applicable to a wide range of Local Court cases such as drink driving, fraud, drug possession, assault, and AVOs.


Free First Conference


For all of those individuals who are going to court, we offer a free first 15-minute phone conference with one of our senior criminal defence lawyer. It is best you email our office all your relevant documents before a conference so criminal lawyers can provide the best advice within that time frame.


Highly experienced criminal defence lawyer


Lyons Law Group is a highly experienced team of criminal lawyers. Our team is led by Mohammad Khan, who is one of the best criminal lawyers in Sydney. He has represented clients in some of Australia’s most high-profile cases and was under the direct tutelage of Australia’s leading criminal lawyer Adam Houda.


Moreover, our team has worked and successfully represented clients on highly complex trials and sentences in NSW.


Work closely with Australia’s leading criminal law barrister


We work closely with some of Australia’s leading criminal law barristers. Barristers are usually instructed in more serious matters, and their experience and input can be invaluable to your case. The barristers we regularly instruct range from Queen’s counsels, Senior counsels and highly experienced junior-senior counsels.


Specialist for District and Supreme Court trials


Our team of sydney criminal lawyers have worked on numerous District and Supreme Court trials in NSW. We have worked on extremely complex criminal law trials that require impeccable preparation and understanding of the law.


Specialist for bail applications in NSW


Lyons Law Group is a highly experienced team of bail lawyers. We have regularly obtained bail for clients for extremely serious charges that carry life sentences. For types of charges, bail is usually denied by a Court.


In house Experts


Our criminal lawyers have in-house investigators with decades of law enforcement experience and assist our team with process service, background checks, integrity testing, investigations, surveillance, and bug detection.


For the preparation of jury trials and defended hearings, these services can be utilised on behalf of our client to achieve the best result.


Appearance at all Courts in NSW


From Broken Hill to Waverly, our criminal lawyers appear in all courts throughout New South Wales.


If you wish to contact us or book your first free 15-minute phone conference, contact us on 0404479096 or send us an email at info@lyonslaw.com.au.

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