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How can this guide help me?

This guide can help you if you’ve been charged with an offence and you need to appear before a magistrates court in Queensland.

Many offences are dealt with in the magistrates court. If you are unsure whether the offence you are charged with can be dealt with in the magistrates court, you should get advice from a lawyer.

Duty lawyers are available in most magistrates courts. When you first appear before the magistrates court you may be able to access a duty lawyer, whose role is to provide free legal advice to people charged with offences who don’t have private legal representation. Telephone the courthouse to check if a duty lawyer will be available when you go to court.

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