In its criminal jurisdiction, the court may deal with all criminal offences except murder, treason and piracy.
In its civil jurisdiction, the court may deal with:
All motor accident cases, irrespective of the amount claimed
Other claims to a maximum amount of $750,000, though it may deal with matters exceeding this amount if the parties consent
Compensation Court Repeal Act 2002 abolished the NSW Compensation Court and most of its work was transferred to the Workers Compensation Commission. However, certain disputes were transferred to the district court in its residual jurisdiction including:
Police Act 1990 concerning police officers hurt on duty and the
Police Regulation (Superannuation) Act 1906 concerning the payment of superannuation benefits to police officers
Payment under the
Police Regulation (Superannuation) Act 1906, paid to STC (the SAS Trustee Corporation continued under the
Superannuation Administration Act 1996) and special risk benefits payable by the Commissioner of Police
Workers' Compensation Act 1987 concerning workers in or about a coal mine
Workers Compensation (Dust Diseases) Act 1942
The Sporting Injuries Insurance Scheme
Workers' Compensation (Bush Fire, Emergency & Rescue Services) Act 1987
The district court has a summary jurisdiction to hear offences committed under the
Work Health and Safety Act 2011. WorkCover NSW is the prosecuting authority in these cases.
Judges of the District Court may sit in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal in the Occupational Division to hear complaints of professional misconduct against medical doctors. The
Occupational Division replaced the Medical Tribunal on 1 January 2014. The registry of the occupational division is located in Sydney.
The District Court can hear appeals against
Local Court and
Children's Court decisions.
Appeals against District Court decisions go to the
Court of Criminal Appeal, the
Court of Appeal or the
Supreme Court of NSW, depending on the type of case in question.