Anastasia Qvist is an outstanding lawyer. My criminal law situation (family violence order) was difficult, complex and Ana's diligence saved me as I was going through the most difficult period of my life. Ana is down to earth, commonsense and she even kept our costs to a minimum. She is a skilled litigator and knows the ins and outs of the ACT Magistrates Court. She dealt skillfully with the DPP and is an excellent negotiator. You will get a fair representation and she genuinely cares about her clients. She has my complete recommendation. The lady goes to bat for her clients.
I would strongly recommend Anastasia to anyone who is seeking legal representation. As a first-time offender who was charged with a Level 2 Drink Driving offence, she walked me through every step of the matter and was very upfront and clear on all aspects of my case. She was always accessible when I needed advice. Her approach and advice were excellent. Under her representation, I received the best possible outcome and managed to avoid a criminal conviction. She was a pleasure to deal with throughout the whole matter.
Anastasia Qvist was very professional and helpful in every step of my matter. I got a very good outcome and I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and the Armstrong Legal team in Canberra. I would highly recommend her!!!
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 WA 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 WA Supreme Court can be heard by a judge alone or by a judge and jury, with the defendant making an election.
The WA 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 of 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 arrive 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 his or her ‘Your Honour.’
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
WHERE TO NEXT?
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.
WHY CHOOSE ARMSTRONG LEGAL?
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