In New South Wales, a magistrate is a judicial officer who presides over lower courts, which deal with less serious criminal and civil cases. The role of a magistrate in NSW is to interpret and apply the law, and to make decisions based on the evidence presented in court.


The following list below identifies (some) of the roles of Magistrates in NSW as Magistrates in NSW have a range of roles/ responsibilities, including but not limited to the following:


       Presiding over criminal trials: Magistrates conduct criminal trials for less serious offences, such as traffic offences and summary offences.

       Sentencing offenders: Magistrates have the power to impose a range of sentences, including fines, community service orders, and imprisonment for up to two years.


       Presiding over civil trials: Magistrates also preside over civil trials, which deal with disputes between individuals or organisations.


       Issuing warrants and summonses: Magistrates have the power to issue warrants, which allow police to arrest someone, and summonses, which require a person to attend court.


       Presiding over Bail Hearings: Magistrates preside over Bail Application matters which come before the Local.


Overall, the role of a magistrate in NSW is to ensure that justice is served in a fair and impartial manner, and to uphold the rule of law.


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*This article correctly reflects the Laws of NSW as at 8th May 2023.


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