Refer to the following on how to file a Magistrate's Complaint:
Who can file
A victim who is at least 21 years old. If the victim is underaged, a parent or guardian can file on their behalf.
What can you file against
An offence that is punishable by up to 3 years’ imprisonment or a fine, or both. Take a pre-filing assessment to check if your case is suitable for filing.
How much it costs
$20 filing fee.
Where the complaint will be heard
The Community Courts and Tribunals (CCT) in the State Courts.
Complete a pre-filing assessment to check if your case is suitable. You will receive a copy of your completed pre-filing assessment form via email.
Complete the Magistrate's Complaint form via the Automated Court Documents Assembly (ACDA) e-service by the Community Justice Centre.
You will need the following documents:
You will receive a copy of the completed form via email.
Submit copies of the pre-filing assessment form, Magistrate's Complaint form and other supporting documents to the State Courts using this submission page. Supporting documents include:
The CCT will inform you via email or phone of the date and time of your appointment with the magistrate, as well as how to pay the filing fee.
Pay the filing fee of $20 before the appointment with the magistrate. You can pay via PayNow or at a payment kiosk at the State Courts Central Registry during the operating hours.
The filing fee is non-refundable.
After filing your Magistrate's Complaint, you will get an appointment to see the magistrate. The magistrate will decide on the outcome of your complaint after reviewing your case.
You will need to affirm or swear to the truth and accuracy of what you have stated in your Magistrate's Complaint form. The magistrate may ask you to relate what happened or provide supporting evidence or documents.
Read more about the possible orders the magistrate can make.