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Reading of your charges

The court interpreter will read out your charges and the prescribed sentences (punishments). If necessary, the court interpreter will explain them in the language you have chosen.

Make sure that you understand what the charges against you mean, and what your potential sentence may be. If you do not understand, do not be afraid to ask for clarification.

If there is more than one offence, each offence will be a separate charge. The charges will be presented in a charge sheet, which is an official document prepared by the prosecution. The charge sheet will include:

  • Information on the date, time, place and nature of the alleged offences.
  • The maximum sentence for each offence with which you are charged. For certain cases, your offence may also carry a minimum sentence. The court will rely on this range of sentences to decide the appropriate punishment for your case.

You can log on to the Integrated Case Management System (ICMS) to access your case file and charge sheet.

Need help?

The information here is for general guidance as the courts do not provide legal advice. If you need further help, you may want to get independent legal advice.

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If your company fails to send a representative to attend the court proceedings, the court may proceed to hear and determine the case in the absence of the company.


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