Accessing our Services

Magistrates Courts of WA is committed to ensuring that people with a disability and their families and carers are able to easily access the support and facilities which may be provided by the court which they are attending.

To assist the court and ensure we can provided you with the most appropriate service, please complete the Request for Court Assistance form and provide it to the court which you will be visiting. When the Court receives a request it will consider what arrangements can be put in place to accommodate your needs. Matters relating to in-court support would need to be approved by the presiding magistrate.

If you are unable to complete this form, please contact the court you will be visiting.

Accessible parking

Metropolitan and Regional court locations generally have nearby accessible parking. However, you will need to contact the court for further information.

If attending Perth Magistrates Court in the Central Law Courts complex at 501 Hay Street, the nearest accessible parking is located at:

Alternatively, street parking is available in the city CBD.

Accessible toilets

Every court location has accessible toilets available to the public. Please see a Court Officer to direct you to the nearest accessible toilet.

Accessible Courtrooms

Hearings in the Magistrates Court are conducted in different buildings across the state. The design and layout of these buildings vary and accessibility arrangements may need to be organised prior to your appearance.

To make arrangements please complete and email the Request for Assistance form or contact the court you will be visiting directly.

Witnesses or accused with a hearing impairment

Some court locations are equipped with a hearing aid loop amplifier to assist any hearing impaired person within each courtroom. The audio system transmits audio directly to hearing aids.

There have been occasions where witnesses and accused persons who have impaired hearing, have attended court without their hearing aid. If possible, arrangements may be made by the Court to provide such persons with a sound amplification system for use in Court.

Please confirm with the court location you are visiting that this service is available. If confirmed this is available, to obtain and test the system, please attend the Court 30 minutes prior to the hearing and speak with a Court Officer regarding your request.

If you would like to request the use of a hearing aid loop amplifier, please complete the Request for Assistance form and lodge it with the court you’re due to visit.

Interpreter services

Interpreter services for deaf, hearing impaired and/or speech impaired clients are available. Arrangements can be made for an AUSLAN interpreter service provider to accompany clients who are deaf, hearing impaired and/or speech impaired at court events.

Please contact the court location for further information.

Translating and Interpreting Service

The Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) provides a service that facilitates communication between people who do not speak English, and English speakers. TIS can provide both telephone and onsite interpreters.

Please contact the court location for further information.

Assistance Animals

If you have an assistance animal you will be bringing to court you can contact the Court to discuss how the court might assist you and your assistance animal.  

An assistance animal should meet the requirements of the definition of an assistance animal as per the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 section 54A(5). Assistance animals may be subject to manual security screening.

Alternatively, please complete a Request for Assistance form and provide it to the court which you will be visiting.

Other requirements

Should you require any assistance not outlined above, please contact the court or complete the Request for Assistance form. Your request will be reviewed and if possible, arrangements will be made.

The Court will contact you regarding your request once a determination has been made.


Last updated: 23-Apr-2018

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