Summary And Indictable Offences

Summary and Indictable Offences



Minor Crimes under Summary Offences Act 1998 NSW

Serious Crimes

Heard in local court

Initially held in local court then either district or supreme courts


May be heard by a judge or jury

Smaller penalties, less than 2 years

Larger penalties

Should prove actus reus and maybe mens rea

Should prove both actus reus and mens rea


Extract from Legal Studies Stage 6 Syllabus. © 2009 Board of Studies NSW.