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District Court of
Western Australia
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Civil Procedure

The District Court exercises a significant civil jurisdiction to hear and determine claims for liquidated sums up to $750,000. In addition, the Court has unlimited jurisdiction in claims for damages for personal injuries and exclusive jurisdiction for damages claims for injury sustained in motor vehicle accidents.

Two thirds of civil caseload is personal injury claims arising from motor vehicle and workplace accidents, and the remaining one third is commercial related, for example debt recovery and sale of business. 

The Court also has an appeal jurisdiction, most of which involves appeals from the civil jurisdiction of the Magistrates Court and from decisions of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Assessors.

Last updated: 2-Jul-2014

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