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District Court of Queensland Act 1967 – 9 December 2016

District Court of Queensland Regulation 2015 – 31 July 2015

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The District Court may hear criminal and civil matters. Civil matters have an upper threshold of $750,000.

  • Sections  8, 8A, 20, 60, 61, 61A, 68, 69, 73, 77

Proceedings against a bailiff are to be started against the ‘The Sheriff of Queensland’.

  • Sections  46, 47

A party to a proceeding may appear in person or by a lawyer or with the leave of the court, another person.

  • Sections 52

The District Court proceedings for a person in custody will generally be conducted by video link.

  • Sections  110A, 110B, 110C, 110F

An action in the Supreme Court to enforce a District Court judgment can only recover costs where the action is successful.

  • Sections 123
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District Court

District Court Practice Directions

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Suggested links

National Judicial College of Australia


Pursuant to the editor’s note in section 29, a writ of certiorari is no longer issued by the court. Section 29 may be redundant.

In section 30, the phrase ‘pain of attachment’ may not be understood by members of the public.

In sections 29, 30, 31, 32 and 34: the terms ‘writ of certiorari’, ‘writ of mandamus’, ‘writ of prohibition’ and ‘ex parte’ may not be understood by members of the public.

Section 39 has an irregular sub-heading.

The subsection 50(2) fine of ‘$20 for each offence’ may be sufficient.

The section 130A annual report could also be provided to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

The term ‘plaint’ could be replaced as appropriate with the word ‘claim’ in accordance with section 149.



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