Defend Yourself is designed for those who wish to defend a charge in court. It is particularly for those who want to represent themselves; but also for those represented by a lawyer who want to better understand the criminal process. It is a signpost guide, which alerts to first principles, then encourages research. This new second edition has been fully revised and the scope of the content has also been widened beyond NSW. The approach used is to introduce principles of law, rather than detailed law, with examples from NSW and Victorian law and practice, to illustrate legal principle. Defend Yourself provides a wide range of information about court procedure, trials and sentencing. It will be of interest to those who find themselves in the strange and often intimidating environment of the courtroom.