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The District Court is an intermediate trial court placing it between the Magistrates Court and the Supreme Court in the Western Australian courts hierarchy.

The District Court deals with serious criminal offences including serious assaults, sexual assaults, serious fraud and commercial theft, burglary and drug offences. The District Court also determines civil claims up to $750,000 and has unlimited jurisdiction in claims for damages for personal injury.

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Notice to Practitioners-Management of Indictments
The Circular to Practitioners CRIM 2010/2 Management of Indictments and Notices of Discontinuance has been revised. Details are on the District Court's website. [16/12/2015]

Notice to Practitioners-Circuit Listing Hearings
The Court presently conducts circuit trial listing hearings (TLHs) by telephone conference at Broome, Derby, Kununurra, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Bunbury and Busselton. [03/11/2015]

New Circular - GEN 2014/1 Copying of Documents
This Circular provides information as to facilities available for the copying of documents to the Perth District Court pursuant to subpoena. [19/11/2014]

Notice to Practitioners-Criminal Transcript
Practitioners are reminded that the Court now automatically provides transcripts of the following types of hearings by email to practitioners: 1. Trial listing hearings (excluding circuit trial listing hearings) 2. Sentence mention hearings (with the exception of closed court hearings). [15/08/2014]

New Circular to Practitioners - CRIM2014/2
"Circular to Practitioners CRIM2009/1 - Routine videolink appearances for accused in custody has been replaced with Circular to Practitioners CRIM2014/2 - Appearances by accused in custody at trial listing hearings and sentencing mention lists. [01/08/2014]

Practice Dir. CRIM 3/2008 (Sentencing Hearings)
On 27 May 2014 Practice Direction Crim 3 of 2008 (Sentencing Hearings) was amended. The amendments relate to the provisions concerning victim impact statements, as follows: 1) They remove the need to establish exceptional circumstances for a victim impact statement to be delivered orally; and 2) They require a lawyer acting for an offender to deliver victim impact statements to the court if they cease acting and on completion of the sentencing hearing in the same way that PSRs need to be returned. [29/05/2014]