Criminal Procedure Act 1986 No 209
190 Time for hearing
(1) On the first return date for a court attendance notice in any
summary proceedings, or at such later time as the court determines, the court
must set the date, time and place for hearing and determining the
(2) The court must notify the accused person of the date, time and
place, if the accused person is not present.
(3) However, if the accused person is not present at the first return
date and has not lodged a written plea of not guilty in accordance with
section 182, the court may proceed to hear the matter on that day at its
Note. The powers of a court to adjourn proceedings generally are set out
in section 40.