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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.



Chapter eleven


This section explains the basics of evidence and witnesses, proof, examination, cross-examination, re-examination, some important categories of evidence and making objections.

Chapter twelve


This section covers evidence and submissions, possible sentences, sentence indications and costs.

Chapter thirteen


This section covers how to appeal, appeals against magistrate and jury convictions, appeals against sentence and special inquiries.

Chapter fourteen

Character references and warrants

A character reference is a statement from someone who knows you well and can say something generally good about you. Such a person will usually make a written statement, but may then be called to give evidence and be cross-examined on her or his statement. 

Outstanding warrants (for example, for unpaid fines) maybe used against you at any time. They usually do not expire or have any time limit. Police can and do regularly run checks on people (for example, the drivers of cars) to see if there are outstanding warrants.

Chapter fifteen



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