2.4 the court hierarchy

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2.4 the court hierarchy

  1. 1. The Court Hierarchy Sources of Contemporary Australian Law
  2. 2.  Australia has two levels of law: state and federal.  All courts have the power to hear a case for the first time  Some courts can also hear appeals from lower courts
  3. 3. State and Territory Courts 1. Lower Courts 2. Intermediate Courts 3. Superior Courts  Minor matters are dealt with lower in the court hierarchy; higher courts are reserved for serious matters and appeals from the lower court
  4. 4. Criminal Cases  Minor offences, like loitering and obstructing traffic, are called summary offences – they are dealt with in lower courts  More serious criminal offences, like assault and murder, are called indictable offences – they are dealt with in the higher courts
  5. 5. Federal Courts  The federal court system has a hierarchy in much the same way as the state court system does.
  6. 6. Research the jurisdictions of the various state and federal courts, and assemble them in a flow chart
  7. 7. State/territory and federal court hierarchy High Court of Australia Federal Superior Courts Federal Court of Australia State Superior Courts Supreme Court of the ACT Supreme Court of NSW Federal Specialist Courts Family Court of Australia State Intermediate Courts District Court of NSW Federal Lower Courts Federal Magistrates' Court of Australia Territory Lower Courts Magistrates' Court of ACT Coroner's Court of ACT Children's Court of ACT State Lower Courts Local Court of NSW Coroner's Court of NSW Children's Court of NSW

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