If you’ve come out of the courtroom and you aren’t sure what the next step is, ask your lawyer or one of the court staff – they’re there to help. Court staff will be wearing name badges.
In many courts, you may find court staff:
If you’ve pleaded guilty or been found guilty, you’ll be sentenced. Sentencing is when the court decides what will happen to you, for example:
With a jury trial, or when the judge requires additional information to assist with their decision such as information from Corrections or Probation, sentencing will usually happen on another day, after the trial is over.
Your lawyer will give you advice about the possible sentence for the crime (offence) you have been charged with.
If you’re convicted and sentenced in the District Court or High Court, you’ll have to pay an offender levy of $50.
If you feel you have been wrongly convicted or where you feel the sentence is too severe or inappropriate, you can appeal to a higher court for that court to reconsider the decision.
To find out more you should talk with your lawyer or contact your local Community Law Centre.
When you have been convicted and sentenced this result will show up on your criminal record.
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