Summary Offences are offences punishable by up to 2 years imprisonment. They are heard in the Magistrates’ Court by a Magistrate or Special Justice of the Peace and are usually prosecuted by a Police Officer.
Minor Indictable offences are more serious than summary offences. They are usually punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment; however some minor indictable offences are punishable by longer periods of imprisonment.
Major indictable offences are the most serious type of offences in South Australia. They are tried in the District Court, or Supreme Court in the Case of Murder, Manslaughter and Treason.
An aggravated offence is defined by section 5AA of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935. Aggravated offences carry with them harsher maximum penalties.