Last year Elucubrator posted on the expansion of the powers of judicial registrars.
The full list of matters that they may deal with are contained at rule 4 of the Magistrates’ Court (Judicial Registrars) Rules 2005.
The problem with that rule is that it contains a long list of section numbers, and references to many different Acts without shedding much light on what they refer to. I’ve made up my own list below, and I find it useful to refer to when I need a reminder of the powers JRs may exercise.
A judicial registrar may deal with, exercising any and all powers of the Court, in the following proceedings:
(a) in a civil proceeding, all orders including final orders with the consent of the parties (but not family violence and family law matters, however the Rules are silent on matters involving the Stalking Intervention Orders Act 2008);
(ad) the ability to summons parties to and conduct oral examinations, and the ability to make, vary or discharge instalment orders under the Judgment Debt Recovery Act 1984;
(b) the inspection of property and making of orders resulting from the execution of a general search warrant under s 78 of the Magistrates’ Court Act 1989 (though not the power to issue such a warrant);
(c) small claims arbitration under the Magistrates’ Court Act 1989 if the amount sought is under $5000;
(ca) the power to issue, recall and endorse warrants (except search warrants) under Part 4 Division 3 of the Magistrates’ Court Act 1989.
(d) a pre-hearing conference for a civil proceeding under s 107 of the Magistrates’ Court Act 1989;
(e)(ii) proceedings under the Infringements Act 2006, but not specific offences under that Act which typically involve non-compliance by the person with requirements of that Act;
(f) proceedings under the Magistrates’ Court Civil Procedure Rules 1999, except interpleders over $5000, the power to approve an offer of compromise by a minor or disabled party, the power to grant an injunction or to make preliminary orders in regard to property except the power to require production of the property for inspection.
(fa) to receive applications and renewals for licenses under the Private Agents Act 1966;
and added last year and amended as of 2 February 2010 (notice given in Government Gazette S 42 Tuesday 2 February 2010),