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Agency ID3666
TitleChildren's Court, Brisbane
Agency TypeMagistrates Court
Start Date 19/11/1907
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
6176Police Charge Bench Books - Children's Court Cases 15/4/1910 17/9/1962
6175Bench Record and Summons Books - Children's Court 20/12/1912 19/1/1962
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
19Department of Justice (I) 19/11/1907 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
669Court of Petty Sessions, BrisbaneMagistrates Court
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LM Sep 2005
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1907, Vol LXXXIX, No 98, p.1283
Queensland Government Gazette 1964, Vol CCXVII, No 41, p.827
Queensland Government Gazette 1991, Vol CCXCVII, No 64, p. 968
Childrens Court of Queensland First Annual Report 1993 - 1994, pp.27, 56, 60, 66, 193.

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Establishing Children's Court Act 1907
Abolishing N/A
Administered Children's Court Act 1907
Justices Acts Amendment Act of 1964
Children's Services Act 1965
Childrens Court Act 1992
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Under "The Children's Court Act of 1907", assented to 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 Children's Court, Brisbane, was thus established on that date.

The introduction of the "Children's Services Act 1965", provided for the operation of Children's Courts, formerly constituted under "The Children's Courts Act of 1907". With the transfer of jurisdiction from Courts of Petty Sessions to Magistrates Courts in the same year - "Justices Acts Amendment Act of 1964" - Magistrates Courts were then similarly constituted as Children's Courts for hearing cases of persons under 17 years.

The "Childrens Court Act 1992" - enacted in August 1992 and proclaimed on 1 September 1993 - 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 Childrens Courts constituted at any place where a Magistrates Court could be held.

Childrens 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. Childrens Courts established at Magistrates Courts deal with simple offences, while serious offences are ususally heard in the Childrens Court of Queensland or the Supreme Court.

The "Children's Services Act 1965" was administered by the Department of Children's Services and subsequent agencies. The responsibility for the "Childrens Court Act 1992" is shared between the Justice and Attorney-General's Department, the Department of Child Safety and the Department of Communities.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID3666, Children's Court, Brisbane
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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