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Author: Jack Bendall

Potts Lawyers > Articles posted by Jack Bendall

How will the Magistrates Court finalise my criminal matter?

Many different types of cases are heard in the Magistrates Court. If you have been charged with a criminal offence you will attend the Magistrates Court at some point. These commonly include minor offences such as: shop stealing & theft offences; disorderly conduct; traffic offences; low level assault charges; dishonesty offences and; drug offences. These are often referred to as summary offences which means they are not required to be transferred to higher courts such as the District or Supreme Court.  Instead, these offences can be dealt with in the Magistrates Court. This article outlines how the Magistrates Court can finalise these...

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Using mobile phones while driving – what you need to know

It is well known that using your mobile phone whilst driving is an offence. Fixed and portable cameras have been operating for some time now, enabling authorities to catch drivers “in the act”. This makes it particularly difficult for drivers to contest allegations of using mobile phones while driving. What you may not know is the penalty for the offence, and for repeat offending has increased significantly. This article aims to break down the legislation for this offence and the penalties associated. What is the offence? The driver of a vehicle must not use a mobile phone while the vehicle is moving, or is...

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