District Court

The District Court of Western Australia is one of two superior courts in Western Australia (the other being the Supreme Court of Western Australia).

All criminal offences under WA State law comprise two types: simple offences and indictable offences. The District Court deals with all indictable offences other than those few indictable offences which are determined in the Supreme Court. 

Trials in the District Court are held before a Judge and Jury although in certain circumstances an accused person can elect to be tried by a Judge sitting alone. Sentencing hearings in the the District Court are held before a Judge of the District Court.  

If you have been charged with an indictable offence it is likely that you will be required to appear in the District Court. The District Court requires an accused person appearing in that court to be represented by counsel. Perrella Legal has extensive experience on the following type of matters and more which are dealt with in the District Court:

  • Serious Drug offences
    • Possession of a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply
    • Manufacturing a prohibited drug
    • Cultivating a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply
    • Drug trafficking
  • Serious Assaults
    • Assault occasioning bodily harm (AOBH)
    • Aggravated AOBH
    • Assault with intent
    • Assault public officer who is performing a function of his office or employment*
    • Assault Commonwealth Public Official
  • Sexual offences
    • Aggravated indecent assault
    • Sexual penetration without consent (formerly referred to as rape)
    • Aggravated sexual penetration without consent
    • Indecently dealing with a child under 13 years
    • Sexual penetration of a child under 13 years
    • Sexual penetration of a child of or over the age of 13 years and under 16 years
    • Procure, incite or encourage a child to engage in sexual behaviour
    • Indecently dealing with a child of or over the age of 13 years and under 16 years
    • Procure, incite or encourage a child to do an indecent act
    • Sexual offences by relatives and the like
    • Sexual offences against incapable persons
    • Persistent sexual conduct with a child under 16 years
    • Sexual offences against child by person in authority
  • Offences against liberty
    • Kidnapping
    • Deprivation of liberty
    • Unlawful detention
  • Threats
    • Threat with intent to gain a benefit
    • Threat to kill
    • Threat to kill Commonwealth Public Official
    • Threat to compel the doing of an act
  • Offences relating to the administration of justice
    • Perjury
    • Fabricating evidence
    • Attempt to pervert the course of justice
    • Wilfully destroy evidence
  • Escape from lawful custody
  • Serious social security fraud
  • Unlawfully obtain financial advantage
  • Offences against public authority
    • Creating false belief
    • Obstructing public / police officer
  • Child exploitation offences
    • Possession of child exploitation material (child pornography)
    • Producing child exploitation material (child pornography)
  • Offences endangering life or health
    • Stupefying in order to commit indictable offence
    • Act intended to cause grievous bodily harm or prevent arrest
    • Grievous bodily harm (GBH)
    • Aggravated GBH
    • Unlawful wounding
    • Act or omission causing bodily harm or danger
  • Stalking
  • Child stealing
  • Stealing
    • Stealing motor vehicle
    • Stealing as a servant
    • Stealing by direction
  • Aggravated Robbery
  • Demanding property with threats with intent to gain (extortion)
  • Offences in or in respect of buildings
    • Aggravated Burglary of a dwelling (home burglary)
    • Aggravated home burglary
  • Armed with intent to commit a crime
  • Fraud
    • Attempted fraud
    • Insurance fraud
    • Corporate fraud
  • Possession of stolen or unlawfully obtained goods
  • Money laundering
  • Dealing in money or property suspected of being the proceeds of crime
  • Offences against morality
    • Obscene act in public
    • Indecent act in public
    • Showing offensive material to child under 16
    • Using electronic communication to procure, or expose to indecent matter, child under 16
  • Conspiracy to commit an indictable offence
  • Attempt to commit an indictable offence
  • Aiding, counselling or procuring the commission of an indictable offence
  • Accessory after the fact to an indictable offence

 

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