Brisbane District Court and Supreme Court – Go To Court Lawyers Brisbane
The Queensland District and Supreme Courts deal with serious criminal matters, serious civil disputes, and appeals.
Brisbane District Court
The Brisbane District Court deals with some serious criminal offences, some civil matters and the majority of appeals.
The Brisbane District Court deals with certain indictable criminal charges including rape, armed robbery and fraud. A person who is pleading guilty or contesting one of those offences must do so in the District Court, after attending preliminary mentions oin the Magistrates Court. Criminal trials in the District Court are decided by a jury.
The District Court hears civil matters where the amount in dispute is between $150,000 and $750,000.
The District Court also hears most appeals that are brought against the decisions of magistrates.
Brisbane Supreme Court
The Queensland Supreme Court deals with the most serious criminal offences and the most serious civil matters. The Supreme Court also sits as the Court of Appeal, which hears appeals against decisions by a single judge of the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court deals with the most serious criminal offences such as murder, manslaughter and major drug offences. However, a person charged with one of those offences will first have to attend the Magistrates Court. The matter will subsequently be committed to the Supreme Court to be finalised through a plea hearing or a jury trial.
The Brisbane Supreme Court deals with civil disputes where the amount of money or the value of property in dispute is over $750,000. Unlike criminal matter, civil actions can be commenced in the Supreme Court.
A Supreme Court decision can be appealed to the Court of Appeal. This may occur when new evidence has come to light or when a party argues that the judge made an error of law.
Wills and probate
The Brisbane Supreme Court also deals with wills and probate matters. These include grants of probate, grants of letters of administration of the will and grants of letters of administration on intestacy.
A person who is challenging or contesting a will also does so in the Supreme Court.
Getting to the Brisbane District and Brisbane Supreme Courts
Brisbane District and Supreme Courts are located at the Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law Complex at number 415 George Street, Brisbane City.
The Brisbane Transit Centre and Roma Street Station are at the opposite end of the building, and the George Street bus stop 119 is at the door. If you’re driving from the M1 or Inner city bypass, take the Turbot Street exit and then turn left into George Street.
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