Pleading not guilty means that you do accept the offence for which you have been charged with as per your Court Attendance Notice (CAN) and you want to contest the charges.
The first time you attend court is referred as a ‘mention’. If you plead not guilty, your case will not finalise on that day and you will be given another mention date before the hearing date is set.
Before listing your case for hearing, you should consider the following:
- How many witnesses you will be calling (including yourself)
- Availabilities of your witnesses
- If you, or any of your witness requires an interpreter
These will help determine the court when to schedule the hearing and how long the hearing will take.
Once a heating date has been set, it can be difficult to adjourn this date.
If you have entered a plea of not guilty at the mention date, you can change this and plead guilty.
Our specialist criminal defence team is vastly experienced advocates and prepare your case to ensure you receive the best possible outcome.
If you are going to court for any of the above, call us today on (02) 9152 8619 to arrange a free first conference with one of our experienced senior defence lawyers.