District Court of Queensland
|District Court of Queensland|
Cairns Courthouse, a permanent location for the District Court
|Location||Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law in Brisbane; Beenleigh; Cairns; Ipswich; Maroochydore; Rockhampton; Southport, Townsville|
|Authorized by||Queensland Parliament via the District Court of Queensland Act 1967 (Qld)|
|Appeals to||Supreme Court of Queensland|
|Appeals from||Magistrates Court of Queensland|
|Currently||Kerry J. O'Brien|
|Since||20 October 2014|
The District Court of Queensland is the second tier in the court hierarchy of Queensland, Australia. The Court deals with serious criminal offences such as rape, armed robbery and fraud. Juries are used to decide if defendants are guilty or not guilty.
The original court was established in 1866 to ease the workload of the Supreme Court of Queensland. However, in 1921 the Queensland Parliament decided District Courts were no longer necessary and the courts were abolished. They were re-established by Parliament in 1958, again to relieve the workload in the Supreme Court. The present court is constituted under the District Court of Queensland Act 1967 (Qld). That Act amalgamated the previous District Court in existence prior to 1967 into the new District Court.
The District Court sits in 32 locations across Queensland. Judges also travel throughout the state to hear matters in regional and remote areas.
Federal Law Courts
Queensland Law Courts
The District Court has jurisdiction to hear civil matters for which the amount in dispute is less than or equal to $750,000, and more than $150,000. Civil disputes in which the amount in dispute is more than $750,000 are heard by the Supreme Court, while those in which the amount is $150,000 or less are heard by either the Magistrates Court or the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
The District Court has the jurisdiction to hear criminal matters in which the defendant has been charged with a serious indictable offence (such as armed robbery, rape, and dangerous driving). These trials require a jury.
Chief Judge of the District Court
|Name||Date appointed||Term in office||Notes|
|Chief Judge Kerry J. O'Brien||20 October 2014||4 years, 182 days|||
Judges of the District Court
The District Court operates permanent courts in Brisbane, located in the Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law building on George Street, Brisbane CBD; and Cairns, Ipswich, Maroochydore, Rockhampton, Southport, Townsville, and sits in regional areas as required. In Brisbane, the District Court shares the location with the Supreme Court.
|Name||Location||Date appointed||Term in office||Comments|
|Judge David C. Andrews SC||Brisbane||28 March 2008||11 years, 23 days|
|Judge John R. Baulch SC||Townsville||10 September 2010||8 years, 222 days|
|Judge Helen P. Bowskill QC||Brisbane||10 November 2014||4 years, 161 days|
|Judge Sarah Bradley||Ipswich||25 March 1999||20 years, 26 days|
|Judge Michael J. F. Burnett||Rockhampton||3 November 2014||4 years, 168 days|
|Judge Brendan Butler AM, SC||Brisbane||15 September 2008||10 years, 217 days|
|Judge Leanne Clare SC||Brisbane||2 April 2008||11 years, 18 days|
|Judge Ian Dearden||Brisbane||28 February 2005||14 years, 51 days|
|Judge Brian G. Devereaux SC||Brisbane||17 July 2009||9 years, 277 days|
|Justice Julie M. Dick SC||Brisbane||14 December 2000||18 years, 127 days|
|Judge Kiernan DorneyQC||Brisbane||19 February 2010||9 years, 60 days|
|Judge Stuart G. Durward SC||Townsville||21 August 2006||12 years, 242 days|
|Judge William G. Everson||Brisbane||2 April 2008||11 years, 18 days|
|Judge Brad Farr SC||Brisbane||11 August 2011||7 years, 252 days|
|Judge Brian Harrison||Cairns||19 February 2010||9 years, 60 days|
|Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren SC||Ipswich||20 October 2012||6 years, 182 days|
|Judge Richard Jones||Brisbane||19 February 2010||9 years, 60 days|
|Judge Fleur Y. Kingham||Brisbane||17 July 2006||12 years, 277 days|
|Judge Gregory J. Koppenol||Ipswich||21 September 2007||11 years, 211 days|
|Judge Gary Long SC||Maroochydore||13 May 2011||7 years, 342 days|
|Judge Terence D. Martin SC||Brisbane||13 July 2007||11 years, 281 days|
|Judge Dean P. Morzone QC||Cairns||27 October 2014||4 years, 175 days|
|Judge Tony Moynihan QC||Brisbane||25 June 2015||3 years, 299 days|
|Judge Douglas J. McGill SC||Brisbane||9 September 1996||22 years, 223 days|
|Judge Katherine M. McGinness||Southport||17 July 2009||9 years, 277 days|
|Judge Michael J. Noud SC||Brisbane||17 July 1989||29 years, 277 days|
|Judge Michael E. Rackemann SC||Brisbane||12 January 2004||15 years, 98 days|
|Judge Anthony J. Rafter SC||Brisbane||15 December 2006||12 years, 126 days|
|Judge David Reid||Brisbane||19 February 2010||9 years, 60 days|
|Judge Deborah Richards||Brisbane||26 November 1998||20 years, 145 days|
|Judge Orazio Rinaudo||Brisbane||8 July 2014||4 years, 286 days||Also Chief Magistrate|
|Judge John M. Robertson||Maroochydore||23 September 1994||24 years, 209 days|
|Judge Julie Ryrie||Brisbane||28 February 2005||14 years, 51 days|
|Judge David G. Searles||Brisbane||13 July 2007||11 years, 281 days|
|Judge Michael J. Shanahan||Brisbane||19 August 1999||19 years, 244 days||Also President of Children's Court|
|Judge Suzanne C. Sheridan||Brisbane||24 November 2014||4 years, 147 days||Deputy President, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal|
|Judge Paul E. Smith||Brisbane||8 March 2013||6 years, 43 days||Also Judge Administrator|
|Judge Clive F. Wall RFD, QC||Southport||11 September 1996||22 years, 221 days|
- "The District Court of Queensland" (PDF). Department of Justice and Attorney-General (Queensland). Government of Queensland. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 November 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
- District Court of Queensland Act 1967 (Qld)
- "Judges of the District Court contacts". Department of Justice and Attorney-General (Queensland). Government of Queensland. 26 July 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
- "Courthouses contacts". Department of Justice ad Attorney-General (Queensland). Government of Queensland. 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2012.