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Legal Aid

Provides legal services to people in special need throughout Western Australia. Legal Aid is an independent statutory body. Legal services are provided by staff and also by lawyers in private practice.

Aboriginal Legal Services

ALSWA provides legal aid services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Western Australia in accordance with grant conditions imposed by the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department.

Department of Transport

Driver and Vehicle Services is responsible for administering all aspects of driver and vehicle licensing in WA in accordance with the relevant Acts and associated Regulations. Driver and Vehicle Services must also keep an accurate and up-to-date record of client information:

Department of Commerce

State government agency protecting the interests of consumers.

Find a Justice of the Peace

If you need to have a document witnessed, a Justice of the Peace (JP) will assist you.

Department of Corrective Services

The Department of Corrective Services fulfils its obligations by:

Children's Court

The Children's Court of Western Australia deals with offences alleged to have been committed by young people aged 10 to 17 years.

Prisoners Review Board

The Prisoners Review Board has authority to grant, defer or refuse parole, taking into account factors affecting the offender, victims of crime and, most importantly, the safety of the community.

Coroner's Court

The Coroners Court of Western Australia is a specialist court established to investigate certain types of deaths. The purpose of these investigations is to determine the cause and manner of death and also to consider ways that similar deaths may be prevented in the future.

Criminal Injuries Compensation

Compensation can be awarded for suffering bodily harm, mental or nervous shock, or pregnancy, resulting from an offence.

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the State's highest court, with responsibility for both criminal and civil matters. It is also the State's main appeal court. The Supreme Court is divided into two divisions - the General Division and the Court of Appeal.

District Court

The District Court is an intermediate trial court placing it between the Magistrates Court and the Supreme Court in the Western Australian courts hierarchy. The District Court deals with serious criminal offences including serious assaults, sexual assaults, serious fraud and commercial theft, burglary and drug offences. The District Court also determines civil claims up to $750,000 and has unlimited jurisdiction in claims for damages for personal injury.

Family Court of Western Australia

The Family Court of Western Australia was established in 1976 as a State court under the Family Court Act 1975. The court is presided over by judges, magistrates and registrars. It is vested with State and Federal jurisdiction in matters of family law and deals with divorce, property of a marriage or defacto relationship, matters relating to children, maintenance, adoptions and surrogacy.

State Administrative Tribunal

The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) in Western Australia deals with a broad range of administrative, commercial and personal matters. These matters span human rights, vocational regulation, commercial and civil disputes, and development and resources issues. The Tribunal is the primary place for the review of decisions made by Government agencies, public officials and local governments. It also makes a wide variety of original decisions.


Last updated: 10-Jan-2018

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