The Criminal Court can hear matters where the penalty can be a fine, a prison sentence of up to five years, a good behaviour bond or a community service order.

In criminal matters punishable by more than five years gaol, the Magistrates Court conducts a preliminary examination of a charge and may commit the accused person to be dealt with by a higher court.

See the Charged with a Criminal Offence section for further information.

Criminal court registry

The Magistrates Court Criminal Registry is where documents are lodged in criminal cases. Information on when a case is next before the court - or listings information is available.


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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 ​