The actress is accused of illegally bringing the couple's pet Yorkshire terriers, Boo and Pistol, into Australia, where Depp has been filming the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

The pups reportedly arrived on private jet in May (16) and weren't declared on the in-flight manifest.

Heard, who is charged with illegal importation and a count of producing a false document, is not expected in court and reports suggest her lawyers will seek an adjournment of the matter.

Aussie Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce told Heard to "bugger off home" with the dogs or he would consider putting them down. The pets were smuggled out of the country on board another private plane.

Joking about the drama at the Venice Film Festival at the weekend (05Sep15), Depp told reporters he had killed his dogs and eaten them "under direct orders from some kinda, I dunno, sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia", when asked if he'd brought the pets to Italy.