What court should I start in?

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The court you start in will depend on the law you are challenging or legal issue you are experiencing.

Each court has a range of issues that are part of its original jurisdiction – these are usually decided by legislation.

For example, some serious crimes and civil claims of over $100,000 must be heard in the County Court.

As a case progresses the court you are in may change. And sometimes, new facts come to light that mean you have to change courts.

Appealing a decision can also change the court that can hear your case.

For example, an appeal from the County Court might be heard in the Supreme Court, and an appeal from the Supreme Court might be heard in the High Court.

 

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