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Criminal matters dealt with by the District Court include everything except murder and treason. Matters usually dealt with include:
If you plead not guilty in a NSW District Court the matter will be listed for trial. The vast majority of trials are determined by a judge and Jury. In some limited circumstances you may be able to have a trial by a judge alone. This may be preferable in matters where complex or technical evidence is given that a jury may not be able to understand.
The majority of people accused of a crime in the District Court plead guilty and their sentence hearing is before a judge alone.
The District Courts of NSW also deal with severity appeals (appeals against the severity of the sentence imposed by a magistrate) and all grounds appeals (appeal against a magistrate’s finding that you are guilty of an offence.
Within the District Court and Supreme Court, 16,834 matters were finalised in 2009-2010. The most common matters before the court were:
If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.