Agency Details

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Agency ID2470
TitleSmall Debts Court, Port Douglas
Agency TypeMagistrates Court
Start Date 7/12/1877
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
15384Cash Book 19/2/1878 1/6/1908
15388Register of the Issue of Warrants of Execution 27/7/1878 23/10/1894
15380Register of Fees Levied 5/12/1884 28/9/1909
15383Registers of Writs of Fi Fa (Fieri Facias) 2/2/1885 12/11/1885
15382Register of Warrants Issued 3/2/1885 22/9/1885
15381Register of Summonses Issued 3/2/1885 3/4/1918
15385Register of Judgments 3/2/1885 29/3/1923
15387Deposition and Minute Books 1/6/1885 11/3/1903
15386Register of Plaints 4/2/1894 15/3/1902
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
107Colonial Secretary's Office 7/12/1877 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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Related Agencies

Agency IDTitleRelationship
781Court of Petty Sessions, Port Douglasminor court
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1877, Vol XXI, p. 1270
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, Port Douglas was proclaimed by the Governor in Council on 7 December 1877.

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, Port Douglas was deemed to be the Magistrates Court, Port Douglas.

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.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID2470, Small Debts Court, Port Douglas
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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