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Decisions of the Court

Published reasons for decision may be found on the eCourts Portal. These reasons are also available at

Civil decisions

In civil cases, the reasons for most decisions by a Judge, and significant decisions by a Registrar, are published in the form of written reasons for decision.   

All published reasons for decision in civil cases from 1 January 2010 are available online with the exception of those cases in which the Judge has made a specific order that the reasons for decision not be published. Most, but not all, published reasons for decision in civil cases prior to 31 December 2009 are available online.

Where a Judge or Registrar delivers oral reasons for decision, they may not always publish written reasons for decision. Where a Judge or Registrar does not publish written reasons for decision, a party is entitled to obtain a transcript of the hearing at which the reasons were given. 

A member of the public may request a copy of a transcript by making a written application to the Principal Registrar setting out the reasons why they seek to obtain a copy of a transcript. A Registrar will then determine whether or not it is appropriate to provide a copy of the transcript.    

A fee is payable for the provision of a transcript, including to a party.

For more information about obtaining a copy of a transcript, phone (08) 9425 2416 or email

Criminal Decisions

In some criminal cases the trial of an accused person is conducted before a judge alone in the absence of a jury.  In the majority of cases in which the accused person’s trial takes place before a judge alone the Judge who hears the case will publish written reasons for decision.  All written reasons for decision in judge alone criminal trials published after 22nd December 2017 are available online.

In many criminal cases a judge is required to make decisions on applications brought by the parties under the Criminal Procedure Act 2004 (WA) or the Evidence Act 1906 (WA) before the accused person’s trial has taken place.  In many of these matters the Judge will deliver oral reasons for decision and will not publish written reasons.  However, on occasions the Judge will publish written reasons for decision.  All written reasons for decision by a judge on applications brought by the parties in criminal matters published after 22nd December2017 are available online.    

If the Judge does deliver written reasons for decision on applications brought by the parties before the accused’s trial has taken place the Judge may make an order suppressing the publication of the written reasons until after the trial has been completed.   In these cases the written reasons for decision will not be published and available online until after the trial is completed.


The use of materials on this website, including published reasons for decision, is subject to the Conditions of Use which include copyright restrictions.

The materials on this website do not constitute legal advice. If you have a legal problem, you should consult a lawyer or a legal service agency.

Last updated: 26-Mar-2018

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