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Committal Hearings

The Magistrates Court can hear, determine and sentence on charges for offences which are defined as summary offences or minor indictable offences. The definitions are contained in the Criminal Procedure Act 2009.

While the definitions are complicated, these are generally offences which carry a maximum of two years imprisonment. For serious offences where the penalty can exceed two years imprisonment, the Magistrates Court conducts a preliminary examination to determine if there is enough evidence to put the defendant on trial in a higher court.

This preliminary examination is called a committal hearing. If the magistrate determines that there is enough evidence to sustain the charge, the defendant is committed to stand trial in either the County Court or the Supreme Court, depending on the seriousness of the charge.


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