Going to court
ALS lawyers represent Aboriginal people in courts across NSW and ACT.
WHEN IS YOUR COURT DATE?
Click on the links below to find out when your court date is.
ACT Supreme Court
Address and Phone Number
Still not sure of your court date?
WHERE'S YOUR LOCAL COURT?
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KEY PEOPLE IN COURT
- Presides over a criminal trial
- Determines the legal guilt or innocence of the defendant, or directs the jury in its role to do so
- Determines appropriate punishment for a defendant who is convicted of an offence
- Represents the community
- Determines the legal guilt or innocence of the defendant
- Fulfils the due process right to be judged by one's peers
|Defence counsel||- Acts as legal representative on behalf of the defendant|
|Prosecution/Crown||- Presents the case against the defendant Acts on behalf of the state|
|Defendant||- Individual accused of committing a criminal offence(s)|
|Witness||- Individual who may have seen, or has other relevant information about, a criminal offence|
|Complainant||- Individual against whom the offence was committed|
What's the difference between the courts?
CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS AND COMMITTAL HEARINGS
These are called ‘summary offences’. An offence means a person has broken the law or committed a crime. Summary offences include offences relating to traffic, minor stealing, offensive behaviour and some types of assault.
APPREHENDED VIOLENCE ORDERS - AVO'S
- This is where one person is seeking an order against another person. It is to prevent or stop contact between the people. It may also prevent or stop certain kinds of behaviour.
- What is an AVO?
- AVO's - What happens at court?
- Getting an AVO
Receiving an AVO
An assault is a physical attack. The Local Court will hear offences like common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and the assault of police officers.
CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS AND CARE AND PROTECTION MATTERS INVOLVING CHILDREN UNDER 18 YEARS
Local Courts have specialist Children’s Courts that deal only with matters involving children.
Family law issues can be dealt with in the Local Court. There are however many Family Law cases that are decided by the Family Court of Australia and Federal Magistates Court.
Coronial inquiries investigate deaths to find out the likely cause of the death. They also investigate fires.
- This is when you go to court to try and get back money owing to you. If it's in the Local Court, the amount must be less than $60,000.
This is the middle court. It's a trial court. In this court, the facts of the case are presented and the Judge will make a 'finding'.
The District Court deals with lots of criminal matters like:
OFFENCES AGAINST THE PERSON
This includes offences like manslaughter, malicious wounding to inflict grievous bodily harm and dangerous driving.
This includes offences like sexual assault, indecent assault and carnal knowledge.
OFFENCES RELATING TO PROPERTY
This includes offences like robbery from a person, break enter and steal, larceny (stealing) and embezzlement (taking money that someone entrusted to you and using it for something else).
OFFENCES INVOLVING DRUGS
This includes offences like the importation of heroin and other drugs into Australia, supply prohibited drug and possess prohibited drug.
OFFENCES INVOLVING FRAUD
This includes offences like passing valueless cheques, obtaining money by deception and forgery.
This is where you can appeal against the sentence given to you at the Local Court.
ALL GROUNDS APPEAL
This is where you can appeal convictions of the Local Court.
Supreme Court of NSW and ACT
They deal with the most serious criminal cases.
They also hear appeals from decisions made by the lower State courts or single Judges of the Supreme Court.
Family Court of Australia
The Family Court is a specialist court dealing with family and child support disputes.
Federal Magistrates Court
The Federal Magistrates Court deals with less complex disputes under Commonwealth laws.
That includes family law and child support, administrative law, bankruptcy law, discrimination, workplace relations and consumer protection law.
Federal Court of Australia
The Federal Court deals with matters in which an injunction is sought against an officer of the Commonwealth Government. It also deals with matters arising under Commonwealth laws, including bankruptcy, corporations, industrial relations, taxation and trade practices laws.
The Federal Court of Australia hears appeals from the decisions of single judges of the Court and decisions (except family law decisions) of the Federal Magistrates Court. It also hears appeals from some decisions of State and Territory Supreme Courts.
High Court of Australia
The High Court is the final court of appeal in Australia.
The court has a Chief Justice and six other judges.
One of the High Court’s principal functions is to decide disputes about the meaning of the Constitution.
The High Court is also the final court of appeal within Australia in all other types of cases, including those dealing with purely State matters such as the interpretation of State criminal laws.