The judiciary presides over the courts in Western Australia and delivers justice to the community through sentencing in criminal cases and rulings in civil cases.
Judges and magistrates are bound by their oath and affirmation to administer justice for all Western Australians impartially and fairly, without fear or favour.
There are different levels of courts in Western Australia, with the highest State court being the Supreme Court. Courts operate at more than 123 locations in the State and all court sittings and tribunal hearings are open to the public, except where laws dictate otherwise.
There are four types of criminal courts in Western Australia:
Courts operate in a hierarchical system. This means that a court is bound by any decisions of a higher court.
In Western Australia, the hierarchy moves upwards from the Magistrates Court to the District Court, and then to the Supreme Court. To go above the Supreme Court, a case must go to the (federal) High Court of Australia, the ultimate court from which there is no appeal.
Last updated: 18-Feb-2013
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