The "Australian Courts Act of 1828" established courts possessing summary jurisdiction in certain types of civil matters involving the payment or recovery of small debts, known as Courts of Requests. The "Small Debts Recovery Act of 1846" and subsequent Queensland legislation of 1864 provided for Courts of Petty Sessions to administer such actions.
Small Debts Courts were ultimately legislated in Queensland under the "Small Debts Courts Act of 1867". Under this legislation, Courts of Petty Sessions were deemed to be Small Debts Courts. On 6 October 1887, Mount Morgan was proclaimed a place for the holding of Courts of Petty Sessions, and thus Small Debts Court, Mount Morgan was established.
Under the "Small Debts Courts Acts", Small Debts Courts were granted jurisdiction to hear claims for less than a specified amount in civil actions including personal actions, actions for the unliquidated balance of a partnership account, actions for a distributive share under an intestacy or for a legacy under a will, equity suits for recovery of money or damages, actions for replevin concerning distress for rent, summary actions for ejectment between lessors and lessees, and complaints for maintenance.
Under the "Magistrates Courts Act 1921", from 3 April 1922, all Small Debts Courts were deemed to be Magistrates Courts and all officers of Small Debts Courts were deemed to be officers of Magistrates Courts. Under this legislation, the Small Debts Court, Mount Morgan was deemed to be the Magistrates Court, Mount Morgan.
Colonial Secretary 31 Dec 1867 - 6 Aug 1896
Home Secretary 6 Aug 1896 - 27 Jan 1904
Attorney General 27 Jan 1904 - 19 Nov 1907
Minister of Justice 19 Nov 1907 - 18 Feb 1908
Attorney General 18 Feb 1908 - 22 Oct 1919
Minister of Justice 22 Oct 1919 - 7 Apr 1920
Attorney General 7 Apr 1920 - 3 Apr 1922