In civil cases, the reasons for most decisions by a Judge, and significant decisions by a Registrar, are published in the form of written reasons for decision.
All published reasons for decision in civil cases from 1 January 2010 are available online with the exception of those cases in which the Judge has made a specific order that the reasons for decision not be published. Most, but not all, published reasons for decision in civil cases prior to 31 December 2009 are available online.
Where a Judge or Registrar delivers oral reasons for decision, they may not always publish written reasons for decision. Where a Judge or Registrar does not publish written reasons for decision, a party is entitled to obtain a transcript of the hearing at which the reasons were given.
A member of the public may request a copy of a transcript by making a written application to the Principal Registrar setting out the reasons why they seek to obtain a copy of a transcript. A Registrar will then determine whether or not it is appropriate to provide a copy of the transcript.
A fee is payable for the provision of a transcript, including to a party. It is currently $5.45 per page. The Court has the power to waive this fee is appropriate cases.
For more information about obtaining a copy of a transcript, phone (08) 9425 2416 or email email@example.com.
Only a limited number of criminal decisions are available online. Legal practitioners can obtain access to all unreported District Court decisions by subscribing to the PLEAS database through the Supreme Court Library.
From time to time the Court will publish sentencing remarks, which are available under the Sentencing Reasons tab. These remarks are kept on the website for a limited period of time, and are then removed.
The use of materials on this website, including published reasons for decision, is subject to the Conditions of Use which include copyright restrictions.
The materials on this website do not constitute legal advice. If you have a legal problem, you should consult a lawyer or a legal service agency.