Local Court
of New South Wales
Notice of Pleading
Criminal Procedure Act 1986 (section 182)
Important information for people on bail
Due to COVID-19, Local Court arrangements allow people on bail to submit their plea in writing using this form. Please ensure contact details are provided and the court is regularly updated as to any changes in details. You (or your legal representative) will be contacted if and when you need to physically attend the court.
1.     You should obtain legal advice immediately about your rights regarding this Court Attendance Notice. You may wish to contact a legal practitioner, LawAccess NSW (1300 888 529), or the Legal Aid Commission if you require assistance. On your first date of appearance at Court, you should be in a position to advise the court, if required, whether you wish to plead guilty or not guilty to the alleged offence/s.
2.     If you have a physical impairment, or require an interpreter to assist you at Court, please advise the Local Court at which you are to appear as soon as possible.
3.     If you have been charged by the Police, then the Police Officer responsible for investigating the alleged offence/s will, on request, make arrangement for a language interpreter to assist you at Court.
4.     Failure to appear may result in your arrest or in the matter being dealt with in your absence.
Completing this form
Complete this form only if you want to lodge a plea in writing instead of attending court on the day the proceedings is listed.
You should get legal advice about this form before you fill it in.  Legal advice is important because you need to know if you can use this form and, if so, what effect it has.
When the court must get this form
You must make sure that the Court receives this form before the date of the court listing shown in the Court Attendance Notice.
Once this form has been submitted you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive notice from the Court within 5 working days.
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