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Agency ID11340
TitleChildren's Court, Winton
Agency TypeMagistrates Court
Start Date 19/11/1907
End Date Current
Date NotesN/A

Magistrates Court set up to deal with children under the age of 17.

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Series IDTitleFromTo
19485Bench Record and Summons Books [Winton] 27/6/1963 30/9/1966
19489Register of Summons and Arrest Cases - Children's Court 8/5/1972 10/4/1980
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
19Department of Justice (I) 19/11/1907 7/12/1989
33Department of Justice and Corrective Services 7/12/1989 11/4/1991
100Department of Justice (II) 11/4/1991 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

Children's Court Act 1907
Queensland Government Gazette 1907, Vol LXXXIX, No. 98, p.1283
Justices Acts Amendment Act of 1964
Children's Services Act 1965
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Under the "Children's Court Act of 1907" (assented 19 November 1907), all Courts of Petty Sessions were constituted as Children's Courts where a person under 17 years was brought before the court. With the transfer of jurisdiction from Courts of Petty Sessions to Magistrates Courts in 1965, Magistrates Courts were then similarly constituted as Children's Courts for hearing cases of persons less than 17 years.

The introduction of the "Children's Services Act 1965", provided for operation of Children's Courts, formerly constituted under the Children's Court Act. The Children's Services Act was administered by the Department of Children's Services and subsequent agencies. The "Children's Court Act 1992" subsequently created a two tier system of juvenile justice with the establishment of the Children's Court of Queensland with jurisdiction similar to a District Court, alongside Children's Courts constituted at any place where a Magistrates Court could be held.

Children's Courts are empowered to hear charges against children, examine witnesses, and if necessary convict or admonish, commit for trial elsewhere and order damages or costs.

Children's Courts established at Magistrates Courts deal with simple offences, while serious offences are usually heard in the Children's Court of Queensland or the Supreme Court.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID11340, Children's Court, Winton
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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