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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-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]

Exercise of Criminal Jurisdiction by Registrars
The District Court has today issued Circular to Practitioners CRIM 2014/1, Registrars – Criminal Jurisdiction. In addition, the Court has reissued CRIM 2008/3 to reflect that legally qualified Registrars of the Court will now preside over the Sentence Mention List. [25/03/2014]

Notice to Practitioners-Catastrophic Pers Injuries
I refer practitioners to the above Circular and particularly paragraph 3. In that paragraph mention is made that you are encouraged to bring an application, at an early stage, to request the court to determine whether a claim is a catastrophic personal injury claim. [13/02/2014]

Notice to Practitioners-District Court Rules
The Judges of the District Court of Western Australia have approved a suite of amendments to the District Court Rules 2005 (WA) which were published in the Government Gazette on 31 December 2013 as the District Court Amendment Rules 2013 (No 2)(WA). The amending rules are now available on the State Law Publisher website. The rules will come into effect on 20 January 2014 to allow time for practitioners to amend their precedents. [13/02/2014]