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My legal matter concerning an application for a Domestic Violence Order was managed by Mr Thomas Allen. I am grateful for the outcome he obtained. Without Mr Allen and his ongoing support, I would be certain of a different result. It has been an extremely stressful period. Mr Allen’s astute ability to liaise on my behalf and his expertise was invaluable and for which I am grateful as I am now able to move forward. Thanking you
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Armstrong Legal and specifically Mr Thomas Allen for representing me in my recent case. At the outset, I would like to thank Mr Allen for the very professional delivery of his legal service. From the first time that I met Mr Allen, I was very impressed with his demeanour and delivery as he made me feel at ease knowing the severity of my case. Mr Allen not only gave me the possible positive outcomes of the case but also the realisation of the worst-case scenario as far as sentencing goes. … I will certainly be recommending Armstrong Legal to any of my friends or family needing representation in criminal matters. Thank you so very much.
Thank you for your representation and help. Fingers crossed for the next step and parole. I just want to say that from the first phone call to your office, your service has been outstanding and have put my mind at ease. I am glad I picked your number to ring.
Thank you Armstrong Legal, the lawyers that have helped over the past 3 years but more importantly, thank you to Thomas Allen for the major part you and Mr Buckland played. Cannot thank you enough. Cheers.
Hi all. I would like to thank Ms Lisa Riley for all her help with my legal issues this past month. It was the most harrowing experience of my life and thanks to her expertise, professionalism and knowledge of the law, I came out almost unscathed. I have no hesitation in recommending Lisa Riley and Armstrong Legal if you need help. The service is amazing and the cost was very minimal for the great outcome. Thank you Lisa for helping me in the most difficult time.
I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. My whole life I was thrown away, you made me feel like I did mean something. I could not have asked for a better lawyer. Your compassion and love for your job is inspiring. Your upfront and honesty were muchly appreciated, you are a beautiful person. Thank you for not giving up on me and thank you for all the work you put in. I wish you all the best for the future and I will be recommending you to everyone I know. You're amazing!!!!
I just wanted to thank you for representing me on Monday, I was overjoyed & relieved with the outcome. I don’t think it could have gone any better. All the best, I hope you got to celebrate this one instead after work, you forever made a difference in my life.
I know I thanked you before we parted company but please allow me to reiterate in writing my sincere deepest thanks for defending me in court today. … Armstrong Legal certainly has a great Lawyer you are a credit to the company and I'm quite sure you will secure a very successful future! … My Kindest Regards and Thanks
Throughout Angela has been the consummate professional. She maintained a calm, yet strong demeanour remained informative and completely open in her communication and took complete ownership of the situation. We felt confident we finally had an advocate to steer us out of the nightmare we were in, and she did so with great respect and sincerity. I cannot speak more highly of Angela. She has literally rescued our family from what looked very much like a hopeless future.
Words can’t describe how grateful I am to Trudie Cameron being my solicitor and to Andrew Tiedt presenting my case in the court. They both have been very supportive and amazingly professional and effective. I’ve got an absolutely fantastic outcome I couldn’t even dream about.
Soon after meeting Andrew I knew he was the solicitor I wanted to handle my matter. He immediately sprang into action which brought me stability and hope during a tumultuous time in my life. Andrew was never afraid to give me straight answers to my tough questions which is a true mark of integrity. He is clearly at ease in the court environment and I believe his calm and measured demeanour went a long way to helping me secure the best result from my day in court. I would certainly recommend you approach Andrew if you need assistance.
"Andrew Tiedt was very professional and considerate to personal circumstances and gave sound advice that resulted in the best outcome possible. Highly recommended."
The ACT Supreme Court
The ACT Supreme Court is the highest court in the Australian Capital Territory. It hears serious criminal matters as well as civil matters and appeals. The Supreme Court also has jurisdiction to hear corporations matters, adoption matters and probate matters. It also hears matters on appeal from the ACT Magistrates Court, the ACT Children’s Court and the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT).
The ACT Supreme Court is governed by the Supreme Court Act 1933.
The ACT Supreme Court hears the most serious criminal matters such as murder and manslaughter. These matters are commenced in the Magistrates Court or Children’s Court, then proceed through a committal hearing and are transferred to the Supreme Court if there is enough evidence to support a finding of guilt against the accused. Once a matter has been committed to the Supreme Court, the defendant indicates how they are pleading and the matter proceeds either to sentencing or to a trial.
Criminal trials in the Supreme Court can be heard by a judge alone or by a judge and jury, with the defendant making an election.
The Supreme Court has unlimited jurisdiction to hear civil matters. However civil matters where the amount in dispute is less than $250,000 are generally filed in the Magistrates Court.
The Registrar of the ACT Supreme Court decides applications for probate and administrations of estates. A person seeking authority to administer an estate can make an application themselves or instruct a lawyer to do so on their behalf.
An application for probate is made when a deceased person has left a will naming the applicant as their executor. An application for letters of administration of an estate is made when there is either no executor named or the will appoints an executor who is unable or unwilling to act. An application for letters of administration (no will) is made when a person dies intestate. These applications are decided on the papers when all the required material is submitted and the fee is paid.
Court of Appeal
The ACT Court of Appeal hears appeals against decisions by the Supreme Court. Appeals are decided by a panel of three judges.
The ACT Court of Appeal was established in 2001. Prior to that, appeals were made to the High Court of Australia (from 1934 to 1977) and then to the Federal Court of Australia (from 1977 to 2002).
Decisions of the Court of Appeal can be appealed to the High Court of Australia. However, leave is required to appeal to the High Court.
Fees and fines
If you have a fine that was ordered by the ACT Supreme Court, this must be paid directly to the court.
If you are initiating proceedings in the ACT Supreme Court, there is likely to be a filing fee associated with this. If you are experiencing financial hardship, you may be able to have this fee waived upon supplying evidence of this to the court.
If you are required to attend the ACT Supreme Court for any matter, it is important to observe court etiquette. This means dressing neatly and conservatively, and arriving well before the time your matter is listed. Make sure your phone is switched to silent before you enter the courtroom and if you need to address the judge directly, call them “Your Honour”.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
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