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Key facts

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.

How to file a Magistrate’s Complaint

1. Take a pre-filing assessment

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.

2. Complete the Magistrate's Complaint form

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:

  • Your identification document (identity card, passport or work permit).
  • Police report and/or case card (if any).
  • Court orders (if any).
  • Settlement agreements (if any).

You will receive a copy of the completed form via email.

3. Submit the forms and documents to the State Courts

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:

  • Your identity card (as proof of identity during filing).
  • Copies of the police report, case card or both (if any).
  • Copies of other relevant documents such as medical reports, photographs, relevant emails, phone messages or online posts.

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.

If you are unable to file online, you can approach the State Courts Service Hub for assistance.

4. 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 Service Hub during the operating hours.

The filing fee is non-refundable.

Outcome of your complaint

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.


Need help?

The information here is for general guidance as the courts do not provide legal advice. If you need further help, you may want to get independent legal advice.

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