Depending on the seriousness of a criminal offence, the matter may be heard at the Local Court or referred to a higher court. There are different ways to approach a defended hearing in the Local Court. A defended hearing provides an opportunity to test the case against you, and in some instances for you to offer your version to the court. It is imperative that your defended hearing is well prepared. Our Criminal Lawyers are highly specialised in all Local Court matters – feel free to discuss your options today.