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Civil Courts
Magistrates Court
The amount in dispute must be $150 000 or less
QCAT
Civil cases which involve small amounts of money less than $25 000 District Court
Amounts from $150,000 to $750,000 in the District Court
Supreme Courts
$750’000 to unlimited amount in the Supreme Court

Summary offences (Magistrate courts)
Summary offences are matters that are be tried by a judge alone. If you are charged with a summary offence you do not have the right to have a trial by jury. Indictable offences (District/ Supreme Courts)

Indictable offences require a trial by judge and jury. If you are charged with an indictable offence and choose to plead ‘not guilty’, you are guaranteed the right to a trial by jury.

No juries in high courts or in an appeals court

ADR – Alternative Dispute Resolution

* Negotiation
* Mediation
* A settlement of a dispute or controversy by setting up an independent person between two contending parties in order to aid them in the settlement of their disagreement. binding * Conciliation

* A form of alternate dispute resolution (ADR) in which a neutral third-party hears both sides and then issues a non-binding suggested resolution. * Arbitration
* Arbitration takes place out of court: the two sides select an impartial third party, known as an arbitrator; agree in advance to comply with the arbitrator's award; and then participate in a hearing at which both sides can present evidence and testimony. * Tribunal & Adjudication

Terms
Prima Facie - Based on the first impression; accepted as correct until proved otherwise. Precedents- An act or instance that may be used as an example in dealing with subsequent similar instances. Class Action - In law, a class action, a class suit, or a representative action is a form of lawsuit in which a large group of people collectively bring a claim to court and/or in which a class of defendants is being sued. Arrest - A seizure or...
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