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This article A Basic Guide to New Clients is written by Emma Turnbull, Director, Emma Turnbull Lawyers, Specialist Criminal Lawyer.
A passionate and fearless advocate, Emma appears regularly in all courts across the Victorian criminal law jurisdiction defending clients charged with any level of crime; from driving offences to homicide. Emma is the managing partner of the firm and prides herself on sharing her wealth of experience and knowledge in a way that her staff and clients can easily comprehend.

We understand that going through a court case can be challenging, and we are here to support you every step of the way. This article serves as a guide to help you prepare for your court case, understand what to expect, and explore the support available to you.

  1. Understanding Your Case:
  • Familiarize yourself with the details of your case. Consult with your assigned lawyer at Emma Turnbull Lawyers to gain a comprehensive understanding of the charges, legal processes, and potential outcomes.
  • Take note of important dates, such as court appearances, meetings with your lawyer, and deadlines for submitting documents.
  1. Communicating with Your Lawyer:
  • Maintain open and honest communication with your lawyer. Share all relevant information, including any evidence, witnesses, or key details pertaining to your case.
  • Ask questions to ensure a clear understanding of the legal process, potential strategies, and the role you play in your defence.
  • If at any stage you are concerned about your case, you can ask to speak with a Partner in the firm to confirm your understanding of your matter is correct.
  1. Gathering Evidence and Preparing Documentation:
  • Collect any supporting evidence, documents, or records relevant to your case. This may include photographs, correspondence, financial statements, or medical records.
  • Collaborate with your lawyer to compile a comprehensive and organized set of documents to present as evidence or to support your position during court proceedings.
  1. Preparing To Give Evidence:
  • Work closely with your lawyer to prepare your testimony. Practice answering potential questions that may arise during cross-examination, ensuring that your responses are clear, concise, and accurate.
  • Provide your lawyer with all necessary information to help build a strong case on your behalf.
  1. Dressing and Presenting Yourself Professionally:
  • Dress in a manner that reflects the seriousness of the court proceedings. Choose attire that is respectful, neat, and appropriate for the courtroom environment.
  • Maintain a respectful demeanour and follow courtroom etiquette. Address the Judge, Magistrate and other court staff with respect and avoid interrupting others.
  1. Courtroom Procedures and Expectations:
  • Familiarise yourself with the specific courtroom procedures and rules that apply to your case. Your lawyer will guide you on what to expect during each stage of the court process.
  • Be prepared for possible delays or changes in scheduling. Courtrooms can be unpredictable, and it is essential to remain patient and flexible.
  • Refer to your initial client letter from our office that details the types of hearings and what to expect on each occasion.
  1. Seeking Support and Resources:
  • Emma Turnbull Lawyers is committed to providing comprehensive support throughout your court case. Our team is available to answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide guidance at every stage.
  • Our lawyers can put you in contact with other support professionals who may be able to address your specific needs, including psychologists, drug and alcohol counsellors and grief counsellors.

Remember, you are not alone. Emma Turnbull Lawyers is dedicated to advocating for your rights and providing the best possible defence for your case.

Trust in our expertise and rely on the support available to you.

About the Directors:

Emma Turnbull is a passionate advocate for justice, equality, and empowerment. With her deep commitment to making a positive impact, she has dedicated her life to fighting for the rights of individuals facing prosecution by the State and promoting social change.

“I firmly believe that each and every one of us has the power to create meaningful change. It starts by finding our voices, standing up for what is right, and ensuring that everyone, whether they have a five day or three month jury trial, receives a fair hearing. My goal is that win or lose, every client feels they have received a fair trial, with their voice heard and their best defence put forward.”

Adrian Lewin is a seasoned criminal lawyer renowned for his unwavering dedication to defending the rights of individuals facing legal challenges. With his extensive experience and expertise in criminal law, Adrian has successfully represented clients in a wide range of complex cases. Known for his strategic thinking and meticulous preparation, he tirelessly fights for justice, ensuring that every client receives the strongest possible defence.