The Magistrates Court amalgamated the former Court of Petty Sessions, Local Court and Small Claims Tribunal into a single court dealing with civil and criminal matters.
The amalgamation has provided greater access to, and more efficient use of, the court system, by simplifying court processes, resolving cases more quickly and with less expense.
The Magistrates Court of Western Australia deals with adults, aged 18 or over, required to appear in court after being charged with a criminal offence.
Some criminal offences are known as 'simple offences' and will be dealt with in the Magistrates Court.
More serious criminal offences, known as 'indictable offences', commence in the Magistrates Court. While some of these offences (known as 'either way' offences) may be dealt with in the Magistrates Court, the most serious offences must be sent on to be heard in the District or Supreme Courts.
The Magistrates Court deals with civil matters involving claims up to $75,000. For minor cases, the jurisdictional limit of the Magistrates Court is $10,000.
The Magistrates Court also deals with consumer/trader claims of $75,000 or less, and minor case consumer/trader claims of $10,000 or less.
More information is available from the Magistrates Court website.
Last updated: 1-Dec-2015
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