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The majority of criminal cases go through the District Court.
In the District Court, a Justice of the Peace or a Community Magistrate, or a District Court Judge could deal with your case.
All crimes (offences) are placed into categories. Serious charges such as murder and manslaughter are placed into Category 4 and will be heard in the High Court. Most criminal charges are heard in the District Court, either before a judge or by a jury trial, but if the charge is thought to be very serious it could be transferred to be heard in the High Court.
If you’re aged under 18 years and have been charged with a crime, you’ll go to the Youth Court.
Find out what happens if you've been charged with a crime.
If you’ve been disqualified from driving, or have received too many demerit points and lost your driver’s licence, you may be able to apply for a limited licence.
Specialist courts aim to reduce reoffending, alcohol, drug use, and addiction. They try to help a person’s health and well-being so they can move on with their lives.
If you've been convicted of a crime, there will probably be court costs.
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