Are criminal case files public record?
The public is allowed to look at court records for most cases. However, there are some court records the public is not allowed to see. This happens when a law or court order makes a record confidential. Court records for these cases are not available to the public.
How do you read a case name?
Understanding case citationsnames of the parties (with a v in between)identifying date or volume number of report series, or both.abbreviation for the law report series title.page number at which the case begins.
What is the difference between a mention and a hearing?
Where the case appears in court for a brief time, usually to deal with a procedural matter such as setting dates and deciding bail. A mention is not the ‘hearing’ of the matter. A witness is not usually required to attend court when the matter is for mention only.
What happens at a first mention?
A court mention or directions hearing usually marks the beginning of the court process. Attending this directions hearing will likely be the first time you attend court in this process. At the first hearing, the court will give directions regarding the further steps to be taken in the case.
Is DM a judge?
– Judicial Magistrate and Chief Judicial Magistrate are appointed by the High Court while the Governor appoints the District Magistrate. – Contrary to a judge, a magistrate only has limited law enforcement and administrative powers. – The judge is always an official with a law degree.
Can a DVO be dropped?
To apply to have a DVO removed or withdraw your application, you have to contact the Magistrates Court registry where you filed your application for a DVO and file an application to withdraw your application and remove any existing Order.
What to say to get a no contact order dropped?
Speak to the domestic advocate and tell her why you want the no-contact order dropped. She should assist you. If the court date is out too far appear in court at the next date for the town prosecutor go to the clerk’s office and have the case brought to the judge.
What is a DVO?
A DVO is an order made by the judge in court to stop a person (the defendant) doing things that hurt another person (the protected person). This is usually a relative or close person. The police can quickly make a temporary domestic violence order (DVO).
What happens when a DVO is breached?
A court may order the respondent to undertake community service or be placed on good behaviour bond for an indirect, unintentional or minor breach of the DVO conditions. In more serious cases, it could result in 2 to 3 years’ imprisonment or fines up to $12.2019
What constitutes a breach of an AVO?
It is a criminal offence to breach an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO). A defendant breaches an AVO when they knowingly do something that the AVO says they are not allowed to do. If the defendant breaches the AVO by disobeying the orders, you should report the breach to the police as soon as possible.
What happens if you violate a DVO?
If convicted, you can be punished with any or all of the following: Up to a year in county jail. Court fines and penalties. Paying victim restitution for any counseling and/or medical services that the victim reasonably incurred in connection with your offense.
What happens if someone violates a no contact order?
The violation of a no contact order is a crime. The violator will be held in contempt of court and can be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. Fines for a misdemeanor can reach up to $5,000 and up to a year in jail.