Courts and Tribunals
Justice and Community Safety Directorate
The ACT Law Courts & Tribunal comprises:
- The Magistrates Court which handles less serious criminal matters and civil disputes up to a jurisdictional limit of $250,000. The Magistrate's Court also comprises the Coroner's Court, Children's Court, Industrial Court, Galambany Court, Family Violence Court and Jervis Bay Court;
- The Supreme Court, which is the superior court in the ACT and hears and determines criminal and civil matters, including appeals from the Magistrates Court and the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal; and
- The ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal, which provides a forum for the determination of a wide range of civil disputes, requests for review of administrative decisions and professional and occupational disciplinary matters.
Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
The ACT Remuneration Tribunal is required to inquire into and determine the remuneration, allowances paid and other entitlements to be granted to persons holding a wide range of full-time or part-time public offices in the Australian Capital Territory.
Director of Public Prosecutions
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is an independent body responsible for instituting, conducting and supervising criminal and related proceedings in courts in the ACT. The principal functions of the Director are to institute and conduct criminal prosecutions before the Magistrates Court and Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory.
The High Court is the highest court in the Australian judicial system. It was established in 1901 by Section 71 of the Constitution. The functions of the High Court are to:
- interpret and apply the law of Australia;
- decide cases of special federal significance including challenges to the constitutional validity of laws; and
- to hear appeals, by special leave, from Federal, State and Territory courts.
The Family Court of Australia, through its specialist judges and staff, assists Australians to resolve their most complex legal family disputes. These may include:
- Parenting cases including those that involve a child welfare agency, allegations of sexual abuse or serious physical abuse of a child, family violence and/or mental health issues with other complexities, multiple parties, complex cases where orders sought having the effect of preventing a parent from communicating with or spending time with a child, multiple expert witnesses, complex questions of law and/or special jurisdictional issues, international child abduction under the Hague Convention, special medical procedures and international relocation.
- Financial cases that involve multiple parties, valuation of complex interests in trusts or corporate structures, including minority interests, multiple expert witnesses, complex questions of law and/or jurisdictional issues (including accrued jurisdiction) or complex issues concerning superannuation (such as complex valuations of defined benefit superannuation schemes).