Johnny Depp's Wife Going on Trial Next Year
Amber Heard faces 10 years over dog charges
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2015 9:33 AM CST
Johnny Depp, right, and Amber Heard pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film Black Mass, as part of the London film festival in London, Sunday, Oct.   (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Amber Heard will soon have her day in Australian court: She told her lawyers to enter not guilty pleas Monday to charges that she brought her two Yorkshire terriers into the country illegally, and there will be a trial next year, the Guardian reports. "I respect the importance of Australia’s laws," the actress said in a statement. "My decision to defend these charges, as will become apparent in the appropriate forum of the court, is not intended to in any way diminish the importance of Australia’s laws. I look forward to attending the hearing of these matters." Her lawyers added that Heard's husband might attend the trial, but he doesn't "wish his presence to be disruptive of this court." The judge called that "a bit of an understatement," considering Heard's hubby is Johnny Depp.

Heard faces 10 years for allegedly bringing Pistol and Boo into Australia on a private jet in May, while Depp was filming a Pirates of the Caribbean flick, without declaring them to customs or going through the proper channels; she's charged with illegally importing animals into the country (maximum penalty 10 years in jail, $102,000 fine) and producing a false document for allegedly falsifying her passenger arrival card (maximum penalty one year in jail, $10,200 fine). It's unclear if Depp will be called as a witness, though the Telegraph says he will be. Heard requested that the trial occur before mid-February, but it's also not clear whether that will be possible.