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Local, Petty Sessions and Small Claims Courts were amalgamated to form the Magistrates Court in May 2005. The reform of the courts followed on from recommendations by the Law Reform Commission, and was the most significant reform of the Western Australian lower court system in over 100 years. The Magistrates Court deals with both civil and criminal cases, including the reading of indictments, and the hearing of summary offenses. Indictable offences may be referred from the Magistrates Court to the Supreme Court.
The Magistrates Court has several registries throughout the State, established under s.8 (1) of the Magistrate's Court Act. Only certain cases were commenced in the Court's civil jurisdiction at the Dampier registry, and registry functions were performed by Police Officers.
Notice of the closure of the Dampier registry was gazetted on 15 November 2013.