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MAGISTRATES' COURT ACT 1989 - SECT 4F

Circumstances in which Koori Court Division may deal with certain offences

S. 4F(1) amended by Nos 68/2009 s. 97(Sch. item 82.6(a)), 26/2012 s. 24.

    (1)     The Koori Court Division only has jurisdiction to deal with a proceeding for an offence (other than an offence constituted by a contravention of a sentence imposed by it) if—

S. 4F(1)(a) amended by No. 68/2009 s. 97(Sch. item 82.6(b)).

        (a)     the accused is Aboriginal; and

        (b)     the offence is within the jurisdiction of the Magistrates' Court, other than—

              (i)     a sexual offence as defined in section 6B(1) of the Sentencing Act 1991 ; or

S. 4F(1)(b)(ii) substituted by No. 52/2008 s. 252, amended by No. 68/2008 s. 79(a).

              (ii)     a contravention of a family violence intervention order or a family violence safety notice under the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 or an offence arising out of the same conduct as that from which the contravention arose; or

S. 4F(1)(b)(iii) inserted by No. 69/2008 s. 79(b), amended by No. 53/2010 s. 221(Sch. item 7.2).

              (iii)     a contravention of a personal safety intervention order under the Personal Safety Intervention Orders Act 2010 or an offence arising out of the same conduct as that out of which the contravention arose; and

S. 4F(1)(c) amended by No. 68/2009 s. 97(Sch. item 82.6(b)).

        (c)     the accused

              (i)     intends to plead guilty to the offence; or

              (ii)     pleads guilty to the offence; or

S. 4F(1)(c)(iii) amended by No. 7/2009 s. 427(1)(b) (as amended by No. 68/2009 s. 54(m)).

              (iii)     intends to consent to the adjournment, under section 59 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2009 , of the proceeding to enable him or her to participate in a diversion program; and

S. 4F(1)(d) amended by No. 68/2009 s. 97(Sch. item 82.6(b)).

        (d)     the accused consents to the proceeding being dealt with by the Koori Court Division.

    (2)     Subject to and in accordance with the rules

        (a)     a proceeding may be transferred to the Koori Court Division, whether sitting at the same or a different venue; and

        (b)     the Koori Court Division may transfer a proceeding (including a proceeding transferred to it under paragraph (a)) to the Court, sitting other than as the Koori Court Division, at the same or a different venue.

    (3)     Despite anything to the contrary in this Act, if a proceeding is transferred from one venue of the Court to another, the transferee venue is the proper venue of the Court for the purposes of this Act.

S. 4G inserted by No. 27/2002 s. 6.



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