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How do I know where and when to go to court for my first appearance?

If you were released by the police, the date, time, and location of your first appearance will be written on a piece of paper given to you by the police. This paper is usually called an appearance notice, a summons, or a promise to appear. If you have been released on bail, the date, time and location of your first appearance will be on a piece of paper given to you by the court. This piece of paper will usually be called a recognizance or an undertaking.

To help you remember, always write your court date onto a calendar, enter it into your phone or wherever you record important dates. Also, try to arrange to take the day off work and child-care for minor children for the day you go to court.