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Agency ID848
TitleDistrict Court, Longreach I
Agency TypeDistrict Court
Start Date 25/10/1893
End Date 31/3/1922
Date NotesJudges' notebooks for this period are listed in Series 18553.
Abstract

District Courts deal with serious indictable offences and civil disputes.

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Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
9361Summons Book 1/1/1894 31/12/1916
9356Minute Book 1/1/1894 31/12/1918
9391Criminal Case Files 1/1/1894 31/3/1922
9371Plaint Book 23/1/1894 24/3/1922
9363Judgment Book 20/8/1895 16/5/1922
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
19Department of Justice (I) 25/10/1893 31/3/1922
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Remarks

Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 28 Oct 1893, Vol LX, No 67, p636
Queensland Government Gazette 30 May 1922, Vol CXVIII, No 99, p999
Supreme Court 1921
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Legislation

Establishing N/A
Abolishing Supreme Court 1921
Administered District Courts Act Amendment Act of 1865
District Courts Act 1867
District Courts Act 1891
District Courts Act 1897
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Description
ESTABLISHMENT:
District Courts were originally established by the New South Wales "The District Courts Act of 1858" with the Governor-in-Council empowered to appoint districts. The District Court, Longreach was established on 25 October 1893.

District Court jurisdiction continued until 1922 when, under the "Supreme Court Act 1921", District Courts were abolished. In 1959 District Courts were reintroduced under the "District Courts Act 1958"

FUNCTIONS:
Under the "District Courts Acts of 1867 and 1891", the District Court held original civil jurisdiction up to 200 pounds and original criminal jurisdiction except in certain cases of capital offences e.g. murder, treason, and other specified offences including bribery, arson and perjury, in which case, jurisdiction was that of the Supreme Court.

The District Court also held appellate jurisdiction in minor criminal matters and in civil matters of 10 pounds or over. Appeal from the District Court was to the Supreme Court in criminal matters and in civil matters involving claims exceeding 30 pounds.

ABOLITION:
Under the "Supreme Court Act 1921", District Courts were abolished with effect 31 March 1922, and their jurisdiction transferred to the Supreme Court or Magistrates Court.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID848, District Court, Longreach I
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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