Minor Offence


A minor offence is generally recognised as an offence with a maximum penalty of no more than $500 (or $2,000 under the Transport Act 1962 or the Land Transport Act 1998).  However this must not be confused with an infringement notice which does not involve court proceedings and is simply dealt with in an administrative way (such as a parking ticket).  If the infringement fee is paid within the prescribed time limit the matter is finalised. 

A minor offence notice is filed in court in most cases your personal appearance is not required. In the majority cases a conviction follows if there is a plea of guilty (normally in writing) or the charge is proved.   Unless the matter is complicated or you wish to defended the charge you will not need a lawyer to represent you for a minor offence.





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