court appearances

Local, district and supreme court appearances

If you’re accused of committing an offence and need legal help, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Spencer Lawyers.


Based in Gosford, our legal team will assess your case, organise a defence and appear in the local, district or supreme court on your behalf.

Not sure what the difference is between the local, district and supreme court?


Your case will most likely be heard at local court. This court is heard by a magistrate with lawyers appearing for the accused. There is no jury involved at local court as the magistrate decides the guilt of the accused.


Approximately 98% of all criminal matters are first heard at local court. Prison sentences are restricted to 2 years.


Convicted crimes with longer sentences appear in the district court. This court is comprised of judges, barristers and juries.


Our legal team is also available to appear at coroners court, ICAC and inquests. Contact our local solicitors for more information today.

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the highest judicial court in the country and only hears the most serious cases. If you have pled guilty or been convicted in the Supreme or District court, you may lodge a criminal appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeal. At Spencer Lawyers, we are proud to represent clients in the Supreme court and at the Court of Criminal Appeal.