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Agency ID2463
TitleSmall Debts Court, Brisbane
Agency TypeMagistrates Court
Start Date 19/9/1843
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
6224Minute Books 2/10/1865 3/4/1922
6221Plaint Books [Small Debts Court/Magistrates Court, Brisbane] 4/2/1896 3/4/1922
1622Receipt Register - Plaints 22/2/1905 29/1/1908
6227Australian Registers of Judgments 5/6/1906 4/4/1922
6223Index to Plaint Books [Small Debts Court/Magistrates Court, Brisbane] 28/6/1910 3/4/1922
6236Debt Attachment Books 13/1/1917 4/4/1922
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
1161Colonial Secretary's Office, New South Wales 19/9/1843 10/12/1859
107Colonial Secretary's Office 10/12/1859 29/7/1896
123Home Secretary's Office 29/7/1896 27/1/1904
19Department of Justice (I) 27/1/1904 3/4/1922
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Previous Agencies

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Related Agencies

Agency IDTitleRelationship
669Court of Petty Sessions, Brisbaneminor court
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Finding Aids

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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

New South Wales Government Gazette 1843, Vol. 14, No. 81, p. 1246
Queensland Government Gazette 1867, Vol VIII, No 29, p. 1475
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 N/A
Abolishing Magistrates Courts Act 1921
Administered Small Debts Recovery Act 1846
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. A Court of Request (Small Debts Court) was established in Brisbane on 19 September 1843.

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. This Act, which took effect from 31 December 1867, established the Small Debts Court, Brisbane.

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

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 ID2463, Small Debts Court, Brisbane
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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