Agency Details

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Agency ID2058
TitleChildren's Court, Mount Isa
Agency TypeMagistrates Court
Start Date 30/9/1924
End Date Current
Date NotesN/A

Magistrates Court set up to deal with children under the age of 17.

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Series IDTitleFromTo
5311Bench Record and Summons Books 26/11/1934 8/7/1970
5791Registers of Summons and Arrest Cases 29/3/1972 26/3/1981
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
19Department of Justice (I) 30/9/1924 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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Related Agencies

Agency IDTitleRelationship
7038Court of Petty Sessions, Mount IsaMagistrates Court
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1924, Vol CXXIII, No 103, p.1190
Children's Court of Queensland First Annual Report 1993/1994, pp.56, 60,66,193.
Children's Court of Queensland Annual Report 1994/1995, pp.125, 127.
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Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered Children's Court Act 1907
Children"s Court Act 1992
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Under the "Children's Court Act of 1907" (assented 19 November 1907), all Courts of Petty Sessions were constituted as Children's Courts where a person under 17 years was brought before the Court. The Court of Petty Sessions, Mount Isa was proclaimed by the Governor in Council on 30 September 1924 and hence the Children's Court, Mount Isa was established from this date. With the transfer of jurisdiction from Courts of Petty Sessions to Magistrates Courts in 1965, Magistrates Courts were then similarly constituted as Children's Courts for hearing cases of persons under 17 years.

Children's Courts were empowered to hear charges against children, examine witnesses, and if necessary convict or admonish, commit for trial elsewhere and order damages or costs.
Children's Courts established at Magistrates Courts deal with simple offences, while serious offences are usually heard in the Childrens Court of Queensland or the Supreme Court.

The introduction of the "Children's Services Act 1965", provided for operation of Children's Courts, formerly constituted under the Children's Courts Act. The Children's Services Act was administered by the Department of Children's Services and subsequent agencies. The "Childrens Court Act 1992" created a two tier system of juvenile justice with the establishment of the Childrens Court of Queensland with jurisdiction similar to a District Court, alongside Children's Courts constituted at any place where a Magistrates Court could be held.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID2058, Children's Court, Mount Isa
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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