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Agency ID1362
TitleMagistrates Court, Southport
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
9432Minute Book 3/4/1922 5/11/1928
9425Bailiff's Book [Southport] 3/4/1922 31/12/1952
4452Debt Attachment Books 3/4/1922 12/3/1982
4445Judgment Books - Magistrates Court, Southport 26/5/1923 23/2/1987
4442Civil Proceedings (Magistrates Southport) 10/1/1924 4/3/1997
4444Warrant Registers - Magistrates Court, Southport 27/7/1924 31/12/1999
9423Foreign Execution Re-Issued Books 2/8/1924 27/11/1970
9433Bailiff's Warrant Books [Southport] 1/1/1925 31/12/1975
5364Australian Register of Judgments 1/2/1927 2/10/1984
4443Civil Indexes (Magistrates Southport) 1/1/1939 31/12/1996
9419Bailiff's Summons Book [Southport] 1/1/1952 16/12/1974
9052Licence Application Registers [Southport] 31/12/1964 26/11/1971
9437Registers of Liquor Licences and Licensed Premises [Southport] 31/12/1964 2/10/1973
9428Criminal Proceedings (Magistrates Southport) 31/12/1964 28/2/1990
4451Criminal Indexes (Magistrates Southport) 31/12/1964 31/12/1990
9446Record of Applications [Southport] 31/12/1964 21/12/1991
9447Bailiff's Fee Registers 15/6/1966 9/7/1971
5362Foreign Execution Reissued Book 27/11/1970 17/3/1977
5363Registers of Oaths of Allegiance 4/8/1971 20/7/1990
19809Family Law Registers 21/1/1972 31/3/1981
5326Plaint and Record Books, Small Debts 1/7/1975 29/12/1976
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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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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1922, Vol CXVIII, No 99, p. 999
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, Southport was deemed to be the Magistrates Court, Southport.

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, Southport was deemed to be the Magistrates Court, Southport.

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, Southport is within the Gold Coast Magistrates Courts District.

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Queensland State Archives Agency ID1362, Magistrates Court, Southport
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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