Sumary Offences

If you have been charged with a Summary Offence, your matter will be dealt with in the Magistrates Court. In general, these offences are less serious than indictable offences and the penalties that can be imposed are not as severe.

Summary offences make up the majority of the so called common offences. A summary offence is defined by:

  • offences not punishable by imprisonment and having a maximum fine of less than $120,000;
  • having a maximum imprisonment of two years;

For example, you may have been charged with a dishonesty offence up to a maximum of $2,500.

​​There is a time limit of two years to lay a complaint for a summary offence or six months if an expiation notice may be given for the offence.

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