Agency Details

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Agency ID2338
TitleMagistrates Court, Springsure
Agency TypeMagistrates Court
Start Date 3/4/1922
End Date 30/6/1991
Date NotesN/A

The Magistrates Court is the local court where all criminal and many civil cases first enter the court system.

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Series IDTitleFromTo
5280Bailiff's Summons Books 3/4/1922 25/7/1973
5161Plaint Books [Small Debts Court/Magistrates Court, Springsure] 3/4/1922 19/9/1989
5285Debt Attachment Books 12/2/1925 21/8/1989
5296Judgment Books 10/3/1925 25/10/1989
5294Execution Book 31/12/1925 15/12/1989
5295Foreign Execution Re-Issued Book 26/4/1934 8/5/1989
5292Australian Register of Judgments 5/4/1955 30/4/1987
5290Indexes to Plaint Books [Magistrates Court, Springsure] 1/1/1961 1/9/1989
5277Bench Record and Summons Books 1/1/1965 20/11/1990
5286Index to Summons and Arrest Cases 21/1/1972 17/3/1981
5288Register of Summons and Arrest Cases 21/1/1972 17/3/1981
5297Court Summary Sheets [Springsure] 28/4/1981 28/10/1990
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
19Department of Justice (I) 3/4/1922 7/12/1989
33Department of Justice and Corrective Services 7/12/1989 11/4/1991
100Department of Justice (II) 11/4/1991 30/6/1991
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Controlled Agencies

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Previous Agencies

Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
1310Magistrates Court, Emerald
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Related Agencies

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Finding Aids

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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

Small Debts Courts Acts 1867-1894
Justices Act 1886-2002
Queensland Government Gazette 1922, Vol. CXVIII, No. 99, p. 999
Queensland Government Gazette 1991, Vol. CCXCVII, No. 64, p. 968
Penberthy Fry, T., Australian Courts and Administrative Tribunals, University of Queensland, 1946
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Establishing Magistrates Courts Act 1921
Abolishing N/A
Administered Magistrates Courts Act 1921
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Under the "Magistrates Courts Act 1921", from 3 April 1922, all small debts courts established under the Small Debts Courts Acts 1867 - 1894 were deemed to be magistrates courts and all officers of small debts courts were deemed to be officers of magistrates courts. Under this legislation, from 3 April 1922, the Small Debts Court, Springsure was deemed to be the Magistrates Court, Springsure.

Under the "Justices Act Amendment Act 1964", from 1 January 1965, all courts of petty sessions districts were deemed to be magistrates courts districts, all places previously appointed for the holding of courts of petty sessions were deemed to be places for the holding of magistrates courts and all clerks of petty sessions were deemed to be registrars of magistrates courts. Under this legislation, from 1 January 1965, the Court of Petty Sessions, Springsure was deemed to be the Magistrates Court, Springsure.

Under the "Magistrates Courts Act 1921", magistrates courts inherited the civil functions of small debts courts, together with the original civil jurisdiction up to 200 pounds of the District Courts which were abolished under the Supreme Court Act 1921. Magistrates courts determined the following civil actions: personal actions, actions for the unliquidated balance of a partnership account, actions for a distributive share under an intestacy or for a legacy under a will, equity suits for recovery of money or damages, actions for replevin concerning distress for rent, summary actions for ejectment between lessors and lessees, and complaints for maintenance.

Under the "Justices Act Amendment Act 1964", magistrates courts inherited the petty criminal jurisdiction of courts of petty sessions involving numerous Commonwealth and State statutes, described briefly as jurisdiction over summary trials of simple offences and committal proceedings for indictable offences sent to the District Court (reintroduced in 1959) or to the Supreme Court.

The Magistrates Court, Springsure was abolished by gazettal proclamation from 1 July 1991, with jurisdiction transferred to the Magistrates Court, Emerald.

Attorney General 3 Apr 1922 - 14 Nov 1957
Minister for Justice and Attorney General 14 Nov 1957 - 31 Aug 1989
Minister for Justice 31 Aug 1989 - 25 Sep 1989
Minister for Justice and Minister for Corrective Services 25 Sep 1989 - 30 Jun 1991
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID2338, Magistrates Court, Springsure
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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