FAILING TO TURN UP AT COURT


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FAILING TO TURN UP AT COURT


GENERAL Failing to turn up at court without reasonable excuse, then the Prosecuting Authority is likely to apply for a Warrant Not Backed for Bail (also known as a No Bail Warrant) for your arrest. This means the Police will come looking for you to arrest you for failing to turn up at court.

Once arrested, you will be brought before the next available court sitting for failing to turn up at court(which if you are arrested sometime on a Saturday you are likely to be held in custody until Monday morning).

POTENTIAL DEFENCES FOR FAILING TO TURN UP AT COURT You will need to show that you had a “Reasonable excuse” for failing to turn up at court when you were required. This will depend very much on the facts of the case but it will need to be a good excuse.

PENALTY FOR FAILING TO TURN UP AT COURT If convicted for failing to turn up at court you could be sent to prison for up to 3 months. This is on top of any sentence that is imposed for the original offence for which you were on bail after failing to turn up at court.