At Perrella Legal our team of criminal lawyers and barristers have considerable experience representing people charged with offences being dealt with in the Supreme Court. A considerable benefit of being represented by counsel from Perrella Legal is that we are able to represent you from the instant you are asked to be interviewed by police through to appearing in the Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court and after committal at trial or sentencing in the Supreme Court.
The extensive experience of the lawyers at Perrella Legal will ensure that every aspect of the prosecution is tested in its entirety in order to protect the presumption of innocence.
We recommend you contact us at your earliest possible opportunity to ensure you obtain the best legal advice from the outset, contact us on 9225 6466.
What is the Supreme Court?
The Supreme Court of Western Australia is the higher of two superior courts in Western Australia (the other superior court being the District Court of Western Australia).
The highest court in WA is the Court of Appeal which deals with appeals from the District Court and the Supreme Court.
All criminal offences under WA State law comprise two types: simple offences and indictable offences.
Historically the Supreme Court only dealt with those indictable offences which carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. From 1 January 2019 the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court was amended so that some offences which carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment can now be dealt with in the District Court - those offences include arson and possession of a trafficable quantity of methylamphetamine with intent to sell or supply.
From 1 January 2019 the Supreme Court has exclusive jurisdiction to deal with homicide offences such as murder, manslaughter, attempt to unlawfully kill etc.
Charges for each of these homicide offences progress through the Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court in Perth before they are committed to the Supreme Court for trial or sentence.
Trials in the Supreme Court are held before a Judge of the Supreme Court and a Jury although in certain circumstances an accused person can elect to be tried by a Judge sitting alone. Sentencing hearings in the Supreme Court are held before a Judge of the Supreme Court.