Criminal Court

The District Courts are the primary courts where criminal cases are initiated. Every person charged with a criminal offence will make their first appearance in a District Court, even if their charge will ultimately be heard in the High Court. Most defendants will go through the entire justice process in a District Court, from first appearance until sentencing (if they are convicted), whether they plead guilty or not.

On these pages you will find information about the Criminal jurisdiction, the Judiciary and tips on how to find criminal judgments.

 

  • Criminal Jurisdiction

    The District Court is the primary court where criminal cases are initiated. Every person charged with a criminal offence will make their first appearance in the District Court, even if...

  • Criminal Procedure

    The procedure for criminal cases is governed by the Criminal Procedure Act 2011. Criminal cases begin when the Police (or other prosecutor) file a charging document with the Court. A...

  • Useful Criminal Legislation

    Legislation that is commonly applied in the District Court’s criminal jurisdiction includes: *Animal Welfare Act 1979 * An Act to reform the law relating to the welfare of animals and the...

  • Criminal Search Tips

    On these pages there is a link to a list of criminal judgments, and information to help you find judgments and information relevant to criminal matters.  It contains some common...