Agency Details

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Agency ID1772
TitleSmall Debts Court, Clermont
Agency TypeMagistrates Court
Start Date 23/12/1863
End Date 3/4/1922
Date NotesN/A

The Small Debts Court dealt with cases relating to minor financial matters.

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Series IDTitleFromTo
9667Debt Attachment Books 1/1/1915 3/4/1922
9668Bailiff's Summons Books [Clermont] 2/4/1917 3/4/1922
9676Record Book 27/4/1917 3/4/1922
9670Judgment Books 2/5/1917 3/3/1922
9674Registers of Writs of Fi Fa (Fieri Facias) 1/1/1918 31/12/1919
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
107Colonial Secretary's Office 23/12/1863 29/7/1896
123Home Secretary's Office 30/7/1896 27/1/1904
19Department of Justice (I) 28/1/1904 3/4/1922
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Previous Agencies

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Subsequent Agencies

Related Agencies

Agency IDTitleRelationship
681Court of Petty Sessions, Clermontminor court
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Finding Aids

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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1863, Vol. IV, No. 139, p. 1069
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 Small Debts Courts Act 1867
Abolishing Magistrates Courts Act 1921
Administered Small Debts Courts Act 1867
Distress, Replevin and Ejectment Act 1867
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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. The Court of Petty Session and therefore the Small Debts Court, Clermont was established on 23 December 1863.

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.

Under this Act and the "Justices Act 1886", the establishment by the Governor in Council of a place for the holding of a court of petty sessions was deemed to establish a small debts court.

Under the "Magistrates Courts Act 1921", from 3 April 1922 onwards 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, Clermont was deemed to be the Magistrates Court, Clermont.

Under the "Small Debts Courts Acts 1867-1894" and further amending legislation, small debts courts were granted jurisdiction to hear claims for moneys less than a specified amount 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.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID1772, Small Debts Court, Clermont
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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