Defend yourself: facing a charge in court

by Tim Anderson.
2nd edition, The Federation Press, 2008.

A practical guide to defending a criminal charge in court which covers arrest and questioning, bail, dealing with lawyers, court procedure, how to plead, hearings and trials, preparation, evidence, proof, examination in court, sentencing, and appeals.

Copies of this book are also available in the Tool Kit at your local public library.

This online version of Defend yourself was last updated October 2013.
Defending yourself

About this book

Tim Anderson is a senior lecturer in political economy, who has been through every stage of the criminal system and successfully represented himself several times.

Introduction

A practical guide to defending a criminal charge in court which covers arrest and questioning, bail, dealing with lawyers, court procedure, how to plead, hearings and trials, preparation, evidence, proof, examination in court, sentencing, and appeals.

Arrest and questioning

This section deals with identification and arrest, police questioning, detention for questioning, custody managers, taking forensic samples, and charging.

Bail

This section deals with entitlements to bail, bail conditions, and breaching bail.

Lawyers

This section covers dealings with lawyers, and legal representation.

Self-representation

Points to consider when representing yourself in court.

Court procedure

This section discusses putting things on the record, court appearances and court protocol.

Pleas

This section deals with what to consider before making a plea, when to plead guilty and when to plead not guilty.

Hearings and trials

This section describes the basic processes of hearings, committals, and trials.

Preparation

Covers the important research and preparation required for a court case.

Evidence

This section explains the basics of evidence, proof, examination, cross-examination, re-examination of witnesses, important categories of evidence, and making objections.

Sentencing

This section covers evidence and submissions, possible sentences, sentence indications, and costs.

Appeals

How to appeal, appeals against magistrate and jury convictions, appeals against sentence, and special inquiries in NSW.

Character references

How written statements about your character may help in your court case.

Further information

Court diagrams and how to find legal information.

Copyright © 2008 Tim Anderson. All rights reserved.

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