Court cases can also be very long and complicated. There are often several court hearings before a matter is finalised and court dates can change suddenly.

It can take a long time for some cases to be resolved.

You will not receive automatic updates about your case, but you can be kept informed about it by asking police or the prosecutor handling your case.

Victim notification letters

You will receive a letter about the first court date.

This notification contains information you may need when asking for updates. These are:

  • the police reference number (top right hand corner of the letter)
  • the defendant's name.

For more information see Common questions about victim notification letters (PDF, 89.3 KB).

You will not get letters or automatic notifications about other court dates.

Who you can contact

If you have any questions, you should try to speak with the police investigator. If the investigator is not available you can contact the prosecutor - that could be either a Police Prosecutor or a prosecutor in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

South Australia Police Prosecution Units are located in:

LocationPhone number
Adelaide7322 3904
Barossa8568 6612
Berri8595 2004
Christies Beach8392 9116
Ceduna8626 2020
Elizabeth8207 9416
Kadina8828 1116
Mount Barker8398 1787
Mount Gambier8735 1043
Murray Bridge8535 6026
Port Adelaide7322 4590
Port Augusta8648 5051
Port Lincoln8688 3033
Port Pirie8638 4032
Whyalla8648 8012

If the Director of Public Prosecutions is prosecuting the case, you might be assigned a Witness Assistance Officer who will also help you throughout the process.