Courts and Tribunals
There are several NSW courts and tribunals, each of which fulfils a different role.
The Local Court has a civil and criminal jurisdiction. All criminal proceedings commence in the Local Court. Summary offences and indictable offences such as theft, assault, drink driving and drug offences can be finalised in the Local Court however offences that are more serious will be committed (transferred) to the District Court of the Supreme Court.
The Local Court is responsible for conducting hearings to determine the guilt or innocence of persons charged with summary or indictable offences, sentencing persons who have plead guilty to such offences, determine licence appeals and applications for apprehended violence orders, among other things.
The District Court is New South Wales intermediate court. It hears the majority of indictable criminal offences excluding murder, treason and piracy. Its civil division hears claims of between $100,000 and $750,000. The District Court hears appeals from the Local Court; and District Court decisions can be appealed in the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court is the highest court in NSW with the jurisdiction to hear the most serious criminal matters and all civil cases. Its operations are governed by the Supreme Court Act 1970 (NSW) and the Civil Procedure Act 2005 (NSW). The Supreme Court also hears appeals from other NSW courts such as the District Court or the Local Court and can also hear bail applications where bail has previously been refused in the Local or District Court.
NSW Civil And Administrative Tribunal
The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal or NCAT as it is known deals with a broad spectrum of matters including tenancy disputes and reviews of government decisions.
Land And Environment Court
Industrial Relations Commission
The NSW Industrial Relations Commissions deals with matters related to the workforce. It hears disputes relating to wages, industrial disputes and determines unfair dismissal claims.
Dust Diseases Tribunal
The Dust Diseases Tribunal was founded in 1989 and deals with claims from those suffering a dust-related diseases.
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