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)|
|Decisions are appealed to||Supreme Court of Queensland|
|Decisions are heard for 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 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||2 years, 130 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||Brisbane||28 March 2008||8 years, 336 days|
|Judge John R. Baulch||Townsville||10 September 2010||6 years, 170 days|
|Judge Helen P. Bowskill QC||Brisbane||10 November 2014||2 years, 109 days|
|Judge Sarah Bradley||Ipswich||25 March 1999||17 years, 339 days|
|Judge Michael J. F. Burnett||Rockhampton||3 November 2014||2 years, 116 days|
|Judge Brendan Butler AM,||Brisbane||15 September 2008||8 years, 165 days|
|Judge Leanne Clare||Brisbane||2 April 2008||8 years, 331 days|
|Judge Ian Dearden||Brisbane||28 February 1995||21 years, 365 days|
|Judge Brian G. Devereaux||Brisbane||17 July 2009||7 years, 225 days|
|Justice Julie M. Dick||Brisbane||14 December 2000||16 years, 75 days|
|Judge Kiernan DorneyQC||Brisbane||19 February 2010||7 years, 8 days|
|Judge Stuart G. Durward SC||Townsville||21 August 2006||10 years, 190 days|
|Judge William G. Everson||Brisbane||2 April 2008||8 years, 331 days|
|Judge Brad Farr||Brisbane||11 August 2011||5 years, 200 days|
|Judge Brian Harrison||Cairns||19 February 2010||7 years, 8 days|
|Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren||Ipswich||20 October 2012||4 years, 130 days|
|Judge Richard Jones||Brisbane||19 February 2010||7 years, 8 days|
|Judge Fleur Y. Kingham||Brisbane||17 July 2006||10 years, 225 days|
|Judge Gregory J. Koppenol||Ipswich||21 September 2007||9 years, 159 days|
|Judge Gary Long||Maroochydore||13 May 2011||5 years, 290 days|
|Judge Terence D. Martin||Brisbane||13 July 2007||9 years, 229 days|
|Judge Dean P. Morzone QC||Cairns||27 October 2014||2 years, 123 days|
|Judge Tony Moynihan QC||Brisbane||25 June 2015||1 year, 247 days|
|Judge Douglas J. McGill||Brisbane||9 September 1996||20 years, 171 days|
|Judge Katherine M. McGinness||Southport||17 July 2009||7 years, 225 days|
|Judge Michael J. Noud||Brisbane||17 July 1989||27 years, 225 days|
|Judge Michael E. Rackemann||Brisbane||12 January 2004||13 years, 46 days|
|Judge Anthony J. Rafter||Brisbane||15 December 2006||10 years, 74 days|
|Judge David Reid||Brisbane||19 February 2010||7 years, 8 days|
|Judge Deborah Richards||Brisbane||26 November 1998||18 years, 93 days|
|Judge Orazio Rinaudo||Brisbane||8 July 2014||2 years, 234 days||Also Chief Magistrate|
|Judge John M. Robertson||Maroochydore||23 September 1994||22 years, 157 days|
|Judge Julie Ryrie||Brisbane||28 February 2005||11 years, 365 days|
|Judge David G. Searles||Brisbane||13 July 2007||9 years, 229 days|
|Judge Michael J. Shanahan||Brisbane||19 August 1999||17 years, 192 days||Also President of Children's Court|
|Judge Suzanne C. Sheridan||Brisbane||24 November 2014||2 years, 95 days||Deputy President, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal|
|Judge Paul E. Smith||Brisbane||8 March 2013||3 years, 356 days||Also Judge Administrator|
|Judge Clive F. Wall RFD, QC||Southport||11 September 1996||20 years, 169 days|
- "The District Court of Queensland" (PDF). Department of Justice and Attorney-General (Queensland). Government of Queensland. 2010. 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.