What is a Magistrate’s Complaint

Magistrate's Complaint is an application to a magistrate to examine an alleged offence and give directions for further action. 

Anyone who believes that a criminal offence has been committed against them can file a Magistrate's Complaint.

You must first check if your case is eligible, before filing a Magistrate’s Complaint online to the State Courts.

Magistrate's Complaint step-by-step

Before filing

Check if your case is eligible

Find out if your case is eligible and understand what the possible outcomes are.

When filing

File the complaint

Submit the application form and supporting documents online. You will get an appointment to see a magistrate, who will decide what happens next.

After filing

Follow the magistrate's order

Your case may proceed to mediation, be referred to the police for them to conduct inquiries to ascertain the truth or falsehood of the complaint, proceed to private prosecution or other outcomes. The court may dismiss the complaint if no offence is disclosed or if there is insufficient reason for the complaint to proceed.



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