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Plead guilty online

If you’re charged with an offence in Queensland, you’re considered innocent until found guilty.

But you can plead guilty if you don’t want to argue the charge.

If you meet the criteria below, you can use this online form to plead guilty to a minor offence. If you decide to plead guilty online, you usually won’t need to go to court.

Who can plead guilty online

You can plead guilty online if:

We cannot accept an online guilty plea if the offence is triable on indictment (i.e. if it's a more serious offence like dangerous driving).

You should seek legal advice to help you make your decision.

Driver licence disqualification

If a conviction could result in your driver licence being disqualified, your guilty plea won’t be accepted.

Deadline for pleading guilty online

You must submit your online guilty plea at least 2 business days before your court date.

If you submit it less than 2 business days before, we won’t be able to process it in time. If you are close to this deadline, you should contact the relevant registry to make sure we’ve received it and confirm whether you still need to go to court.

How to apply

Fill out this form to apply online.

You’ll need to give us the details of the alleged offence and your court appearance. You’ll find this information on the complaint and summons or notice to appear.

What will happen in court

Your guilty plea will be read out to the court. Depending on the circumstances of the offence and the information the prosecutor provides, the magistrate may either:

  • deal with the charge without you being there
  • require you to come to court and adjourn the matter to another date (which you'll be told).

What happens next

If the magistrate adjourns the matter, we’ll write to let you know the new court date you have to attend. If we email you this advice, we’ll consider you notified on the date the email was sent.

If you have to go to court, there may be consequences if you fail to appear. For example, the magistrate may issue a warrant for your arrest.

If the magistrate accepts your guilty plea, the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) will send you 2 letters, to let you know about:

  • any fine you have to pay
  • the offender levy you owe.

It may take up to 7 days after the court date for SPER to send these letters to you.

Offender levy

If you’re given a sentence in the Magistrates Court—whether or not a conviction is recorded and whether or not you’re there in person on the day—you have to pay the offender levy. The offender levy isn’t part of the court’s sentence; it’s a separate levy applied by the Queensland Government.

Learn more about offender levies.

Contact us

If you have any questions, you can contact the relevant Magistrates Court registry.

Last updated
10 May 2016

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