The District Court Judiciary

On these pages you will find information about the District Court Judiciary.

  • Leadership of the District Court

    The Chief District Court Judge, together with the Principal Family Court Judge and Principal Youth Court Judge, oversees the operation of the District Court. The Chief and Principal Judges are...

  • The Judges

    There are 178 District Court Judges, including the Chief District Court Judge, the Principal Family Court Judge and the Principal Youth Court Judge.*  District Court Judges include among their numbers...

  • Other Judicial Officers

    In addition to judges, other judicial officers have jurisdiction to hear cases in the District Court. These include Community Magistrates, Justices of the Peace and Registrars. Community Magistrates Community Magistrates are an...

  • Judicial Appointments

    District Court Judges are appointed by the Governor-General, acting on the advice of the Attorney-General. The Attorney-General may consider the advice of the Chief Judge or Principal Judges. To be...