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Agency ID2559
TitleChildren's Court, Maryborough
Agency TypeMagistrates Court
Start Date 19/11/1907
End Date Current
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

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

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Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
17251Police Charge Bench Book 16/12/1963 28/1/1968
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
19Department of Justice (I) 1/1/1907 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
758Court of Petty Sessions, MaryboroughMagistrates Court
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Publication Notes
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Remarks

Information Sources

Children's Court Act 1907
Children's Services Act 1965
Children's Court Act 1992
Justices Acts Amendment Act of 1964
Queensland Government Gazette 1964, Vol CCXVII, No 41, p.827
Queensland Government Gazette 1990, Vol. CCXCV, No.128, p.2272
Centenary of Care for Children, Department of Children's Services, n.d., pp.10, 18
Australian Courts and Administrative Tribunals, Thomas Fry, University of Queensland, 1946, pp. 118-19
Children's Court of Queensland First Annual Report: September 1993 - August 1994, p.27
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Legislation

Establishing Children's Court Act, 1907
Abolishing N/A
Administered N/A
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Description
ESTABLISHMENT:
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. 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.

The introduction of the "Children's Services Act 1965", provided for operation of Children's Courts, formerly constituted under the Children's Court Act. The Children's Services Act was administered by the Department of Children's Services and subsequnet agencies. The "Children's Court Act 1992" subsequently created a two tier system of juvenile justice with the establishment of the Children's 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.

FUNCTIONS:
Children's Courts are 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 Children's Court of Queensland.

NOTE:
The functions of the Magistrates Courts at Biggenden and Tiaro were transferred to the Magistrates Court, Maryborough from 1 Jan 1991. The Children's Courts at Biggenden and Tiaro were thus abolished from that date.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID2559, Children's Court, Maryborough
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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