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 New South Wales Supreme Court
The Supreme Court is the highest court in New South Wales. It is located at Queen’s Square, Sydney. The New South Wales Supreme Court deals with serious criminal matters and has unlimited jurisdiction with respect to civil matters within the state. There are 52 permanent judges of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
The New South Wales Supreme Court’s criminal list deals with very serious criminal matters such as murder, treason, serious drug matters and serious breaches of the Corporations Act. These matters begin in the Local Court or Children’s Court but are finalised by way of a plea or a trial in the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court can impose much more severe penalties than the Local Court, up to and including life imprisonment.
The Supreme Court hears applications for bail in Supreme Court criminal matters. It also hears applications for a review of a decision by a Magistrate to refuse bail.
Criminal trials in the NSW Supreme Court are generally decided by a jury of 12 citizens. However, in some cases, a party may make an application for a trial by judge alone. This may be granted by consent between the parties or even where the other party opposes the application. It generally occurs where there has been jury, witness or judicial officer tampering and there is no other way to mitigate against the risk of an unfair trial.
The New South Wales Supreme Court’s civil list deals with civil matters where the amount in dispute is more than $750,000 as well as civil matters of wills and injunctions. The civil list of the Supreme Court includes personal injury matters, professional negligence matters, breach of contract and defamation.
When a person dies, it may be necessary for the executor of their estate to apply for a grant of probate. A grant of probate is a legal document that gives the executor the authority to manage their estate according to the provisions of their will. The grant of probate can be presented to persons who are holding assets of the deceased or who are debtors of the estate and require them to transfer them to the executor for distribution to the deceased’s beneficiaries.
An application for probate may be contested or uncontested.
The Court of Appeal and the Court of Criminal Appeal are both constituted by judges of the NSW Supreme Court. These courts hear appeals against decisions by the NSW District Court, the NSW Local Court and decisions by a single judge of the Supreme Court. The Court of Appeal also hears appeals from the Land and Environment Court of NSW and from a number of tribunals.
An appeal against a decision of the Court of Appeal or the Court of Criminal Appeal can be made to the High Court with leave to appeal from the High Court.
The New South Wales Supreme Court also has a judicial review jurisdiction. This jurisdiction is responsible for reviewing activities of the executive arm of government, for the exercise of judicial power by NSW courts and tribunals and for reviewing the constitutional validity of NSW legislation.
Administrative decisions that are reviewable by the NSW Supreme Court include decisions by claim assessors under the Motor Accidents Compensation Act and assessments of the degree of impairment under workers’ compensation legislation.
Administrative law is focussed on the interpretation of legislation and the correct exercise and limits on the powers exercised by decision-makers.
If you are filing an application in the Supreme Court, there is likely to be a filing fee payable. If you are experiencing financial hardship you may be able to have the fee waived on this basis, but you will need to provide supporting documentation (such as a health care card) to the court.
If you are attending the Supreme Court as a party in any proceeding or because you have been summonsed for jury service, it is important to be aware of court etiquette. You should arrive at court well in advance of the time your matter is listed to be heard. Dress neatly and conservatively and ensure your phone is switched off or on silent. When you enter a courtroom, make sure you do not have sunglasses or hats on and be silent whilst in the court, except when the court requires you to speak.
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.
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