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.