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Agency ID1786
TitleSmall Debts Court, Gympie
Agency TypeMagistrates Court
Start Date 9/1/1868
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
7929Ledger 1/7/1872 6/1/1881
7911Registers of Writs of Fi Fa (Fieri Facias) 23/3/1885 8/5/1917
7917Minute Books 15/9/1890 18/12/1918
7920Record Books 15/9/1890 3/4/1922
7922Registers of Writs of Fi Fa (Fieri Facias) 17/11/1916 27/11/1917
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
107Colonial Secretary's Office 9/1/1868 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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Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
1314Magistrates Court, Gympie
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Related Agencies

Agency IDTitleRelationship
1503Court of Petty Sessions, Gympieminor court
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Finding Aids

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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1868, Vol IX, No 6, p. 24
Queensland Government Gazette 1922, Vol CXVIII, No 99, p. 999
Australian Courts Act 1828
Small Debts Recovery Act 1846
Justices Act 1886
Penberthy Fry, T., Australian Courts and Administrative Tribunals, University of Queensland, 1946
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Establishing N/A
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.

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. The Small Debts Court, Gympie was proclaimed by the Governor in Council on 9 January 1868.

Under the "Small Debts Courts Acts 1867-1894" and further amending legislation, small debts courts were granted jurisdiction to hear claims under a specific 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.

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, Gympie was deemed to be the Magistrates Court, Gympie.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID1786, Small Debts Court, Gympie
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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