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Things to consider before your hearing

Going to court checklist

Before you go to court for your hearing, use the following list to check you have remembered everything.

  • I have thought about my case carefully and think I have a reasonable chance of success.
  • I have copies of my traffic and criminal histories.
  • I have checked my traffic and criminal histories to make sure they are correct.
  • I have made three copies of the Application for Removal of Disqualification form.
  • I have filed the Application for Removal of Disqualification form in the Magistrates Court.
  • I have asked for an affidavit from my probation officer and affidavits or references in support my application, if appropriate.
  • I have done something about the disqualifications imposed on me outside Queensland, if applicable.
  • I have prepared an affidavit.
  • I know the date, time and place of my hearing.
  • I have arranged for someone to look after my children while I am at court, if applicable.

When you arrive at court

  1. On the date of the hearing, dress neatly and arrive at court 30 minutes early to work out which court room you need to go to.
  2. Give your name to the court clerk or police prosecutor. Tell them you are applying to remove a disqualification and that you are representing yourself.
  3. You should have the original and two copies of the affidavit, signed and witnessed by a justice of the peace. The original is for the court, the first copy is for the prosecutor and the second copy is yours.
  4. Before the court proceedings begin, you should give the prosecutor a copy of the affidavit.
  5. Ask the prosecutor whether your application is opposed and, if so, why.
  6. Ask to see the prosecutor’s copy of your traffic and criminal histories to check they are the same as the ones you have—check whether the prosecutor’s copy includes convictions you do not know about.

Last updated 21 April 2021

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