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Agency ID10748
TitleDistrict Court, Cairns II
Agency TypeDistrict Court
Start Date 19/3/1959
End Date Current
Date NotesN/A

District Courts deal with serious indictable offences and civil disputes.

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Series IDTitleFromTo
8226Plaint Book 1/1/1959 31/12/1969
8228Execution Book 19/3/1959 31/12/1960
8227Bailiff's Summons Book 19/3/1959 31/12/1962
18242Criminal Depositions 25/5/1959 25/9/1961
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
19Department of Justice (I) 19/3/1959 7/12/1989
100Department of Justice (II) 7/12/1989 24/9/1992
34Department of Justice and Attorney-General 24/9/1992 26/2/1996
120Department of Justice (III) 26/2/1996 29/6/1998
8620Department of Justice and Attorney-General (II) 29/6/1998 Current
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1959, Vol. CC, No. 84, p. 1703
Queensland Government Gazette 1959, no. 95, p. 1848
Queensland Government Gazette 1961, Vol CCVI, No.152, p.2314
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Establishing District Courts Act of 1958
Abolishing N/A
Administered District Courts Act of 1958
District Court of Queensland Act 1967
District Court Regulation 1993
District Court Regulation 2005
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District Courts were originally established by "The District Court Act of 1858" with the Governor-in-Council empowered to appoint districts. A District Court, Cairns was established on 25 October 1883. District Court jurisdiction continued until 1922 when, under the "Supreme Court Act 1921", District Courts were abolished. However, in 1959 District Courts were reintroduced, and Cairns was proclaimed a place to hold a District Court on19 March 1959, and a District Court judge was assigned on 2 April 1959.

Under the "District Court of Queensland Act 1967", the District Court generally holds criminal jurisdiction for cases where the maximum term of imprisonment does not exceed 14 years; civil jurisdicion concerning claims between $50,000 and $250,000; hears appeals from Magistrates Courts. Appeals from the District Court may be made to the Court of Appeal.

The Childrens Court of Queensland, and the Planning and Environment Court are District Courts.

Under the District Court Regulation 1993 and 2005, the district of the District Court, Cairns consists of the Magistrates Court districts of Cairns, Cooktown and Thursday Island.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID10748, District Court, Cairns II
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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