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Court Appearance in Magistrates Court - Do I need a lawyer?

Discussion in 'Criminal Law Forum' started by BillD1959, 6 July 2014.

  1. BillD1959

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    I have been charged with an offence and am to appear in a Magistrates Court on the 29th. Do I need to have legal representation and if so I would need help with legal aid as I cannot afford to pay a solicitor. What are my options?
     
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    Hi @BillD1959
    1. Which state/territory are you located in?
    2. What have you been charged with?
     
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    1.I am from Victoria Point in Queensland. 2. Observations or recordings in breach of privacy
     
  5. BillD1959

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    CC Section 227A(1) 2 counts
     
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    Hi @BillD1959,
    1. Section 227A was introduced in response to privacy concerns following the widespread availability of mobile phone cameras, digital cameras and the Internet for covert surveillance and "upskirting". Please see Section 227A below (as extracted from AustLII).
    2. As a starting point, please see the Legal Aid Queensland website sections "Can I get legal aid?" and "How to apply for legal aid".
    3. If you have any questions, you may consider contacting Legal Aid Queensland on 1300 65 11 88 for advice on your situation. If you are unable to get formal representation from legal aid before your hearing, you may be able to seek representation from the legal aid "duty lawyer" that is at the court on the day.
    4. You may also consider contacting the Caxton Legal Centre in South Brisbane. They offer legal advice on some weeknight evenings.
    Hope this helps. Please keep us updated with your progress.

     
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