Defend yourself: facing a charge in court

Defend yourself: facing a charge in court

Defend yourself: facing a charge in court.  3rd ed Cover

by Tim Anderson.
3rd edition, The Federation Press, 2014.

A practical guide to defending a criminal charge in court which covers arrest and questioning, bail, dealing with lawyers, court procedure, how to plead, hearings and trials, preparation, evidence, proof, examination in court, sentencing, and appeals.

About the author

Tim Anderson is a writer and academic in political economy. He has been through every stage of the criminal system and successfully represented himself in court several times.

Copies of this book are also available in the Find Legal Answers Tool Kit at your local public library. The Tool Kit is a collection of up to 20 plain language books held in NSW public libraries which answer everyday questions about the law.



Chapter one

About this book

Australian criminal courts all operate in broadly the same way with broadly the same procedures so that most of the information contained in Defend Yourself is relevant to any person facing criminal charges in an Australian court, whatever the State or Territory the charge is brought in.

Chapter two


This is the third edition of a book designed for people who wish to defend a charge in court. The book is particularly for those who want to represent themselves; but it is also for those who are represented by a lawyer and who want to better understand court processes.

Chapter three

Arrest and questioning

This section deals with identification and arrest, police questioning, detention for questioning, custody managers, taking forensic samples and charging.

Chapter four

Bail - release pending trial

This section deals with your entitlement to bail, bail conditions and breaching bail.

Chapter five


Many people represent themselves in court either because they see some advantage in doing so, or because they are not eligible for legal aid and cannot afford to pay thousands of dollars for a lawyer. This section discusses dealings with lawyers and being legally represented.


Copyright © 2014 Tim Anderson. All rights reserved.

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