The Magistrates Court handles both general and minor civil claims

General civil claims

The court may hear claims of up to $100,000.  Higher amounts are dealt with by the Supreme and District Courts.

See the Civil Claims section for further information.

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Minor civil claims

Here, matters are dealt with less formality and parties are not entitled to legal representation except in special circumstances. This court deals with small claims, which include recovering debts of up to $12,000 and minor neighbourhood and fencing disputes.

See the Civil Claims section for further information.

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Consumer and Business claims

The court may hear disputes over warranty claims concerning second-hand motor vehicles, disputes between landlords and tenants involving shop premises and disputes about domestic buildings.

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Civil court registry

At the Magistrates Court Civil Registry, documents are lodged in civil cases, such as car accident claims and minor claims. Listings information is also available, and information on how to begin a minor claim.

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Contact Us

For further information, contact the Adelaide Magistrates Court:
p: +61 8 8204 2444 or Freecall 1800 571 191
f: +61 8 8204 0670 - Civil
f: +61 8 8204 0481 - Criminal
260-280 Victoria Square
Adelaide, South Australia, 5000
Postal Address:
The Registrar
Adelaide Magistrates Court
PO Box 6115, Halifax Street
Adelaide, South Australia, 5000

Opening Hours

9:00am to 5:00pm
Monday – Friday
Excluding public holidays ​