Agency Details

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Agency ID1320
TitleMagistrates Court, Inala
Agency TypeMagistrates Court
Start Date Circa 1/12/1965
End Date Current
Date NotesN/A

The Magistrates Court is the local court where all criminal and many civil cases first enter the court system.

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Series IDTitleFromTo
17175Police Charge Bench Books 17/12/1965 28/2/1968
17165Bench Record and Summons Books 5/1/1966 18/4/1972
16683Bailiff's Summons Books [Inala] 18/4/1966 4/7/1973
17174Foreign Warrants of Execution Book 19/4/1966 20/6/1968
17167Debt Attachment Books 20/4/1966 25/3/1969
17173Plaint Books [Magistrates Court, Inala] 26/4/1966 18/10/1972
17169Warrants of Execution Book 15/6/1966 9/2/1973
17168Judgment Books 12/8/1966 9/2/1971
17172Registers of Summons and Arrest Cases 4/3/1968 20/11/1974
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
19Department of Justice (I) 1/1/1965 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

Magistrates Courts Acts 1921 - 1964
Queensland Government Gazette 1964, Vol. CCXVII, p. 827
Queensland Government Gazette 1965 vol. CCXX, no. 70, p. 1707
Queensland Government Gazette 1965 vol CCXXI, no. 77, pp. 1719 - 1720
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Establishing Decentralization of Magistrates Courts Act of 1965
Abolishing N/A
Administered Magistrates Courts Act 1921
Justices Regulation 2004
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Under the "Decentralization of Magistrates Courts Act of 1965", proclaimed to commence on 1 January 1966, the Brisbane Magistrates Courts District, Inala Division was established. The Magistrates Court, Inala, however, began operation in approximately December 1965.

Under the "Magistrates Courts Act 1921", magistrates courts inherited the civil functions of small debts courts. With the abolition of district courts by this same Act, their jurisdiction increased to claims of £200 or less in the following civil actions: 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. In 2000 Magistrates Courts hear claims to $50000.

Under the "Justices Act Amendment Act 1964", magistrates courts inherited the petty criminal jurisdiction of courts of petty sessions. Petty criminal jurisdiction is a complicated matter of law involving numerous Commonwealth and State statutes but can be briefly described as jurisdiction over summary trials of simple offences and committal proceedings for indictable offences sent to the Supreme Court.

Actions brought before a Magistrates Court are heard and determined by a magistrate sitting alone. Originally under the "Decentralization of Magistrates Courts Act of 1965" and most recently from 2004 the Magistrates Court, Inala is within the Brisbane Magistrates Courts District, the area of which is the district is the City of Brisbane, and the names of the divisions are Central (city), Holland Park, Inala (Richlands), Sandgate and Wynnum.

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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID1320, Magistrates Court, Inala
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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