A mention simply means where a matter is “mentioned” in Court. It is where the matter is not formally listed for a plea of guilty or a plea of not guilty.
This is the first time that a matter is listed in the Magistrates’ Court. On that date the matter can finish as a plea of guilty, a bail application might be made or the matter is adjourned. If you are pleading not guilty, the matter will be adjourned to a contest mention or straight to a contested hearing / plea of not guilty (depending on the circumstances).
At a first mention where you are on charge and summons, we can generally adjourn the matter for you online, without you needing to go to court. If you are on bail you have to attend.
This is the second or subsequent listing of a mention of your matter. As with a first mention, the matter can finish as a plea of guilty or be adjourned. If you are pleading not guilty the matter will be adjourned to a contest mention or straight to a contested hearing / plea of not guilty (depending on the circumstances).
The Courts are pushing that matters resolve faster and so it is important that you have a strategy in place before the mention.
If you are on Summons, you generally have to attend further mentions. There are some further mentions that we can appear on your behalf at Court without you being present. You would need to discuss that with us before it would happen. If you are on bail you will have to attend.