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Agency ID1322
TitleMagistrates Court, Innisfail
Agency TypeMagistrates Court
Start Date 3/4/1922
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
7476Record Book 3/4/1922 12/12/1923
7568Debt Attachment Books 10/5/1922 14/2/1980
7573Plaint Books [Magistrates Court, Innisfail] 3/1/1924 4/6/1978
7567Judgment Books 9/1/1924 24/7/1978
7646Index to Plaints 1/1/1926 31/12/1972
7478Minute Books 5/5/1926 29/6/1932
7569Farmers' Assistance Registers 1/1/1937 31/12/1955
17212Register of Actions 1/1/1938 30/6/1947
8951Furniture and Fittings File 29/10/1941 8/11/1965
9494Execution Books 9/7/1947 15/6/1979
16685Bailiff's Summons Books [Innisfail] 31/8/1959 10/11/1972
7571Foreign Warrants of Execution Books 31/12/1964 15/10/1976
7462Registers of Applications for Licences under the Liquor Acts [Innisfail] 31/12/1964 30/8/1977
16688Record Book - Withdrawals, Adjournments, Interlocutory Decrees 20/1/1972 21/6/1973
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
19Department of Justice (I) 3/4/1922 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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Controlled Agencies

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Previous Agencies

Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
846District Court, Innisfail
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Related Agencies

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Finding Aids

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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1922, Vol CXVIII, No 99, p. 999
Small Debts Courts Acts 1867-1894
Justices Act 1886
Justices Act Amendment Act 1964
Penberthy Fry, T., Australian Courts and Administrative Tribunals, University of Queensland, 1946
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Establishing Magistrates Courts Act 1921
Abolishing N/A
Administered Magistrates Courts Act 1921
Justices Regulation 2004
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Under the "Magistrates Courts Act 1921", from 3 April 1922 onwards: all small debts courts established under the Small Debts Courts Acts 1867-1894 were deemed to be magistrates courts, all officers of small debts courts were deemed to be officers of magistrates courts. Under this legislation, from 3 April 1922 the Small Debts Court, Innisfail was deemed to be the Magistrates Court, Innisfail.

Under the "Justices Act Amendment Act 1964", from 1 January 1965 onwards: all courts of petty sessions districts were deemed to be magistrates courts districts, all places previously appointed for the holding of courts of petty sessions were deemed to be places for the holding of magistrates courts, all clerks of petty sessions were deemed to be registrars of magistrates courts. Under this legislation, from 1 January 1965 onwards, the Court of Petty Sessions, Innisfail was deemed to be the Magistrates Court, Innisfail.

Records from the Magistrates Court, Silkwood and the Magistrates Court, Babinda were transferred to the Magistrates Court, Innisfail upon these Courts being abolished by gazettal proclamation dated 20 December 1990.

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. From 2004 the Magistrates Court, Innisfail is within the Innisfail Magistrates Courts District.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID1322, Magistrates Court, Innisfail
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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