This guide has basic information for people who have been required to come before the court for either a criminal charge or civil matter, for example, contractual disputes, neighbourhood disputes, damage to another person’s property.
Courts are busy places and emotions are often running high. Going to court can be a stressful experience and that is why there are rules on how to behave in court to ensure everyone gets a fair hearing.
If you are in a domestic relationship with someone or have been in a domestic relationship with them and you fear they are going to be violent toward you or have been keeping you from accessing money you can apply for a domestic violence order.
If you saw or heard anything that is relevant to a court case you could be summoned as a witness to give evidence at the hearing of the matter. Likewise, if there is a witness who is relevant to your court case, you will need to summons them to appear at court. For the court summons form see the 'Forms' page.
Court users commence proceedings by preparing and filing documents at the Court registry. Each jurisdiction has different rules which are set out in legislation as to how to commence proceedings. Below is an overview, but it is always best practice to refer directly to the specific rules as set out in the legislation.
The courts contract the provision of security at relevant court premises to independent providers. If you have a concern about your safety at court please contact the appropriate registry in the 'Contact Us' page.