If you are charged with a summary offence you will appear before a Magistrate in a Magistrates Court. It is a Magistrate who decides if you are guilty of an offence and what penalty should be imposed. Police prosecutors have conduct of summary offences.
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Summary offences are less serious than indictable offences (serious offence where the defendant has the right of trial by jury)
The maximum penalty that can be imposed for a summary offence is a $120,000 fine or 2 years imprisonment or both. (current as at August 2012)
Summary offences encompass a wide range of matters like:
This list is not an exhaustive list but provides you with examples of the type of offences you may be charged with.