Magistrates Court of SA

Magistrates Court of SA

Organisation Address
260-280 Victoria Sq Adelaide, SA 5000
Organisation Phone
08 8204 2444
Organisation Fax
08 8204 0670 Civil
08 8204 0481 Criminal
Organisation Email
PO Box 6115, Halifax St Adelaide, SA 5000
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5.30pm
Fees:
For some searches and lodging some documents
Access:
Wheelchair access, Disability toilets
Branch address:
  • SUBURBAN REGISTRIES
  • Christies Beach - 96 Dyson Rd, Christies Beach 5165
  • Elizabeth - 15 Frobisher Rd, Elizabeth 5112
  • Port Adelaide - 260 St Vincent St, Port Adelaide 5015
  • COUNTRY REGISTRIES
  • Berri - 4 Kay Ave, Berri 5343
  • Tel. 8595 2060
  • Ceduna - 7 McKenzie St, Ceduna 5690
  • Tel. 8625 2520
  • Coober Pedy - Malliotis Blvd, Coober Pedy 5723
  • Tel. 8672 5601
  • Kadina - Graves St, Kadina 5554
  • Tel. 8821 2626
  • Mount Barker - 37 Hutchinson St, Mount Barker 5251
  • Tel. 8391 0255
  • Mount Gambier - 41 Bay Rd, Mount Gambier 5290
  • Tel. 8735 1060
  • Murray Bridge - 7 Bridge St, Murray Bridge 5253
  • Tel. 8535 6060
  • Naracoorte - 54 Smith St, Naracoorte 5271
  • Tel. 8762 2174
  • Port Augusta - 4 Flinders Tce, Port Augusta 5700
  • Tel. 8648 5120
  • Port Lincoln - 1 Liverpool St, Port Lincoln 5606
  • Tel. 8688 3060
  • Port Pirie - 20 Main Rd, Port Pirie 5540
  • Tel. 8638 4903
  • Victor Harbor - 17 George Main Rd, Victor Harbor 5211
  • Tel. 8551 0800
  • Whyalla - 1 Whitehead St, Whyalla 5600
  • Tel. 8648 8120

The Magistrates Court deals with a wide variety of criminal and non-criminal prosecutions and applications. People are summonsed to the court in the district in which the alleged offence took place.
The Court is divided into four jurisdictions:
Civil (general claims) - deals with damages for injury arising from car accidents up to $80 000 and general claims seeking amounts of between $6000 and $40 000.
Civil (minor claims) - deals informally with small claims, which include recovering debts of up to $6000 and neighbourhood disputes. Parties are not entitled to legal representation except in special circumstances.
Criminal - hears matters where the penalty can be a fine, a prison sentence of up to two years, a good behaviour bond or a community service order.
Civil Consumer and Business - deals with disputes over second-hand motor vehicle warranties and disputes between landlords and tenants over shops and residential buildings.
More serious matters are referred to the District Court, the principal trial court in South Australia, or the Supreme Court of SA if they concern important civil cases and serious criminal matters

Information
Services
  • Dispensation of justice and resolution of disputes
  • Collection and enforcement of all monetary orders of the Courts including fines, costs, levies, fees, orders for compensation and breach of bail/bond orders, overdue expiation fees
  • Pre-lodgement system of debt collection allows for individuals or organisations to issue a final notice of claim prior to issuing a formal claim
  • Mediation services - for resolution of disputes or claims to avoid going to court
  • Aboriginal Court Day (Nunga Court) for Aboriginal people who plead guilty to an offence - at Ceduna, Murray Bridge, Port Adelaide and Port Augusta
  • Court Diversion Program - for people who have committed certain offences and who have impaired intellectual or mental functioning as a result of mental illness; intellectual disability; personality disorder; acquired brain injury or neurological disorder including dementia
  • Domestic Violence Court - deals with family violence matters including criminal matters and restraining orders
  • Drug Court - combines intensive judicial supervision, mandatory drug testing, escalating sanctions, and treatment and support services to help drug-abuse offenders break the cycle of drug abuse and crime
  • Court Assessment and Referral Drug Scheme - provides an opportunity for defendants who use drugs to receive access to drug treatment as part of the court process
  • Duty solicitor service - provided most days at the major Magistrates courts by the Legal Services Commission of SA
  • Justice of the Peace - witnessing the signing of legal documents
  • Videoconference facilities - provide access to court services for people in regional, rural and remote locations
Last updated: 28/10/2015
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