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 Victorian Supreme Court
The Victorian Supreme Court is the highest court in Victoria. It deals with serious criminal matters, complex civil matters and civil matters where the amount in dispute is more than $100,000. The Victorian Supreme Court also sits as the Court of Appeal, which hears appeals from the Country Court and the Supreme Court.
Victorian Supreme Court – Criminal division
The Supreme Court has original jurisdiction in serious criminal matters such as murder, corporate offences and conspiracy charges. It also deals with bail applications and breaches of Supreme Court orders.
Criminal matters that must be finalised in the Supreme Court begin in the Magistrates or Children’s Court, where they proceed through a committal hearing, and then are transferred to the Supreme Court for listing for a trial or for sentencing.
Criminal trials are decided by a jury of 12 people chosen at random from the electoral roll.
Victorian Supreme Court – Civil division
The Supreme Court has unlimited jurisdiction in civil matters such as property, tort and contract law.
The Supreme Court also has exclusive jurisdiction in dealing with grants of authority to administer deceased estates. This includes grants of probate and grants of letters of administration. This Supreme Court list also deals with breaches of trust and equitable obligations.
Court of Appeal
The Court of Appeal is composed of three or five judges of the Supreme Court. It hears appeals against decisions in criminal and civil matters decided by the County Court, the Supreme Court Trial Division and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal (VCAT).
A decision in a criminal matter can be appealed to the Court of Appeal if the defendant was convicted and sentenced in the County Court or in the Supreme Court and wants to appeal against the conviction, against the sentence, or both.
The DPP can appeal against a sentence imposed in the County Court or in the Supreme Court to the Court of Appeal.
A party can appeal against a decision made on an interlocutory matter during criminal proceedings in the County Court or Supreme Court.
The Court of Appeal hears appeals against decisions made in civil matters by a judge of the Supreme Court, a judge of the Country Court, by an Associate Judge or by the president or vice president of VCAT.
Most civil appeals require the court’s leave to appeal. However, leave is not required to appeal
- A decision to refuse an action that challenges the legality of someone’s detention (habeus corpus)
- A decision made under the Serious Offender’s Act.
Time limits apply to lodging appeals. An appeal may need to be started within 42 days or 28 days of the decision being appealed, depending on the type of appeal.
The commercial court is composed of specialist judges who decide commercial disputes. It deals with complex commercial disputes including disputes where remedies are being sought under the Corporations Act, commercial proceedings relating to insurance, intellectual property or banking and finance and taxation recovery proceedings.
Victorian Supreme Court Mediation Centre
The Victorian Supreme Court has a Mediation Centre where associated judges and judicial registrars, who are trained and experienced mediators, conduct mediation sessions.
The court can make an order referring a matter to mediation at its own initiative. Parties can also apply to the court for an order referring all or part of a matter to mediation.
Parties to disputes are encouraged to come to a resolution without going through litigation.
The Costs Court decides matters relating to costs arising out of court proceedings. These include disputes between lawyers and clients over the amount charged for legal services and disputes about the amount a successful party can recover from an unsuccessful party after litigation has concluded.
If you are required to attend the Victorian Supreme Court, it is important to arrive well before the time the matter is listed to be heard. It is advisable to dress neatly and conservatively, to remove any hats or sunglasses and to ensure your phone is switched off or on silent before entering a courtroom. If you need to address the judge, call him or her ‘Your Honour.’
If you are initiating a matter in the Supreme Court, it is likely there will be filing fees associated with this. These will need to be paid when initiating documents are filed. If you are experiencing financial hardship, you may be able to have these fees waived upon supplying evidence to the court (such as a health care card).
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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