As at 1 June 2020, civil procedure in the WA Magistrates Court has changed in an attempt to contemporise and bring the procedure in line with other states, but also in an attempt to simplify how civil matters are conducted in the Magistrates Court of Western Australia.

Tihana Nevjestic of our Perth office welcomes the new changes and says that they will not only simplify the procedure, but in many cases clients will have greater control as to how the matter is conducted which will in turn have a positive effect on legal costs in a jurisdiction which was notorious for high legal costs incurred as a result of procedural road blocks.

The below flowchart outlines the new procedure for General Claims in the Magistrates Court of Western Australia.*

*Flowchart from Magistrates Court of Western Australia.