The Magistrates Court of South Australia is established by the Magistrates Court Act 1991. It handles the greatest proportion of litigation in the State. All criminal matters begin in the Magistrates Court and the civil jurisdiction hears approximately 90% of all disputes within the State.
The court has four jurisdictions:
A magistrate usually presides over the court. The business office of the court is known as the registry.
The court sits in Adelaide and in various key locations around the State. See Court Locations for further information.
The court also handles all business relating to the collection and enforcement of fines. See Fines for further information.