Agency Details

Click on the series title to view series details.
Agency ID1860
TitleSupreme Court, Central District, Rockhampton
Agency TypeSupreme Court
Start Date 20/12/1895
End Date Current
Date NotesN/A

The Supreme Court is the highest court in Queensland, comprising a trial division and the Court of Appeal.

Go to Description...


Series IDTitleFromTo
16107Press Cuttings Reporting Judgments N/A N/A
20599Registers of Fees 1/1/1871 31/12/1877
7307Insolvency Files [Supreme Court, Central District, Rockhampton] 9/4/1879 3/5/1959
10974Indictments and Informations in Criminal Cases [Circuit Court, Rockhampton / Supreme Court, Central District, Rockhampton] 20/12/1895 31/12/1911
10976Briefs, Depositions and Associated Papers in Criminal Cases Heard - Supreme Court, Central District, Rockhampton 20/12/1895 31/8/1927
7308Liquidation Files 20/12/1895 31/12/1927
7274Letterbooks 20/12/1895 1/8/1929
9403Naturalisation Files 1/1/1896 31/12/1904
7280Liquidation Register 1/1/1896 31/12/1927
7278Insolvency Registers 1/1/1896 31/12/1928
20422Liens on Wool Registers 1/1/1896 31/12/1955
7271Supreme Court (Central) Ecclesiastical Files (Wills) 1/1/1896 16/11/1966
20598Process Books 3/1/1896 17/1/1901
20597Registers of the Receipt and Satisfaction of Writs 23/1/1896 25/6/1971
6671Mr. Justice Power's Associate's Chamber Book 4/3/1896 6/3/1918
18230Registers of Ecclesiastical Files (Supreme Court, Rockhampton) (Wills) 13/3/1896 26/9/1966
20421Bills of Sale Registers - Supreme Court 20/9/1896 31/12/1955
20604Memorials of Stock Mortgages and Bills of Sale 22/12/1896 31/12/1966
20451Stock Mortgages Registers - Supreme Court 1/1/1897 31/12/1955
7265Orders to Administer 1/1/1898 31/12/1930
18238Intestacy Registers [microfilm] 1/1/1898 31/12/1936
20452Judgment Books - Supreme Court 1/1/1901 31/12/1925
20453Indexes to Judgment Books - Supreme Court, Central District, Rockhampton 1/1/1901 31/12/1968
6675Record Book 4/3/1901 25/11/1912
20602Registers of Correspondence 1/1/1912 31/12/1930
7267Criminal Case Files (Supreme Court, Rockhampton) 31/3/1922 31/12/1930
7276Register of Letters Received 1/1/1928 31/12/1933
20581Registers of Trustees 1/1/1928 31/12/1979
20592Ledgers (Supreme Court, Rockhampton) 1/1/1938 31/12/1944
8524Register of Newspapers 28/1/1954 19/2/1971
20460Registers of Bankruptcy Notices 1/1/1958 31/12/1989
20745Court Suitors' Fund Registers - Supreme Court 16/6/1961 31/8/1988
20462Jury Attendance Books 1/1/1967 31/12/1969
20600Registers of Sequestration Orders and Bankruptcies 1/1/1967 31/12/1979
20461Trust Account Receipt Books - Bankruptcy Administration 20/11/1969 5/9/1979
20590Registers of Inventories and Accounts Due 24/3/1971 5/2/1983
  Back to Top

Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
19Department of Justice (I) 20/12/1895 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
  Back to Top

Controlled Agencies

Details of controlled agencies do not exist or are unavailable.
  Back to Top

Previous Agencies

Agency IDTitle
2120Circuit Court, Rockhampton
  Back to Top

Subsequent Agencies

Details of subsequent agencies do not exist or are unavailable.
  Back to Top

Related Agencies

Agency IDTitleRelationship
267Supreme Court, Northern District, Townsvillesupreme court, judge in residence
191Supreme Court, Southern District, Brisbanesupreme court, judge in residence
  Back to Top

Finding Aids

This agency has no finding aids.
  Back to Top
Publication Notes
This agency has no publication notes.
  Back to Top


Judges' notebooks are listed in Series 18554.
Back to Top

Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette, 1895, Vol LXIV, p.1300
Queensland Votes & Proceedings, Session of 1896, Vol.1, p.603
Department of Justice, Annual Report 1987-88,p. 24
Department of Justice, Annual Report 1987-88, Supporting Notes, pp.2-5

Back to Top


Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered Supreme Court Constitution Amendment Act 1861
Supreme Court Act 1874
Supreme Court of Queensland Act 1991
Supreme Court Act 1995 (previously Supreme Court Act 1921)
Supreme Court Rules 1900
Court Funds Act 1973
Back to Top
For administrative purposes, the "Supreme Court Act of 1874" allowed for the creation of districts, and on 20 December 1895, the Supreme Court, Central District, Rockhampton was established and Rockhampton proclaimed a place of residence for the "central judge".

The Supreme Court exercises broad original jurisdiction (ie right to hear cases at first instance) in major civil and criminal matters as well as appellate jurisdiction (ie the right to hear appeals from a lower court.

The jurisdiction of the Supreme Court has included powers to administer legislation and to hear cases relating to: equity, insolvency, liquidation and registration of companies, elections, naturalisation, registration of printing presses and types, registration of newspapers and trade marks, ecclesiastical law, matrimony, property, local government laws, trusts and trustees, and the enrolment of barristers and solicitors.

Prior to 1895, the Supreme Court, Southern District, Brisbane was responsible for court matters dealt with within the area of the Central District Under the "Supreme Court Act of 1921" a district consists of a Magistrates Court district and 2 or more contiguous Magistrates Court districts, and a registrar is appointed for that district. The current boundaries of the Central District are set out in Schedule 1 of the "Supreme Court Act 1995". A "central judge" resides within the district.

Attorney General 20 Dec 1895 - 1 Oct 1898
Minister for Justice 1 Oct 1898 - 28 Mar 1899
Attorney General 28 Mar 1899 - 19 Nov 1907
Minister for Justice 19 Mar 1907 - 18 Feb 1908
Attorney General 18 Feb 1908 - 22 Oct 1919
Minister for Justice 22 Oct 1919 - 7 Apr 1920
Attorney General 7 Apr 1920 - 14 Nov 1957
Minister for Justice & Attorney General 14 Nov 1957 - 31 Aug 1989
Minister for Justice 31 Aug 1989 - 25 Sep 1989
Minister for Justice and Corrective Services 25 Sep 1989 - 24 Sep 1992
Minister for Justice & Attorney General 24 Sep 1992-

The Justice Department can be regarded as the controlling agency of the Supreme Court in matters concerning the basic administrative requirements of the court.

From 31 Mar 1922 to 19 Mar 1959 the Supreme Court took on some of the functions of the District Court which did not exist during this period.

In 1959 District Courts were re-established and assumed some of the functions previously assigned to the Supreme Court.
Back to Top

Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID1860, Supreme Court, Central District, Rockhampton
Back to Top
Last updated 9 September 2016
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia (CC BY 3.0) ( )
Share :

Is your feedback about:

Page feedback

How satisfied are you with your experience today?*


Feedback on government services, departments and staff

Please use our complaints and compliments form