Brisbane Magistrates Court, Roma Street – Go To Court Lawyers Brisbane
The Queensland Magistrates Court deals with the bulk of criminal matters and all traffic matters. It also deals with domestic violence matters, child protection matters and some Commonwealth matters. The Magistrates Court also hears civil matters where the amount in dispute is under $150,000.
The Magistrates Court deals with minor criminal matters (summary offences) such as disorderly behaviour and trespass. It also deals with indictable offences such as assault and stealing when these matters are being heard summarily.
The maximum penalty that a magistrate can impose for a single offence in Queensland is three years imprisonment.
Domestic Violence matters
The Magistrates Court hears applications for domestic violence orders (also known as protection orders). Protection orders can be made on a temporary or permanent basis. The court will make a protection order if it is satisfied that the order is necessary or desirable to prevent family violence from occurring.
The Children’s Court deals with criminal matters where the accused is under 18 as well as with child protection and adoption matters.
When dealing with Youth Justice matters, the Children’s Court follows the same general processes as the Magistrates Court, including bail applications, plea hearings and sentencing hearings. However, when dealing with a child there are some additional considerations for bail and sentencing. When a young person is sentenced for criminal offences in Queensland, they are sentenced under the Youth Justice Act 1992.
When two parties are in dispute over an amount of money that is under $150,000, they may be able to apply to the Magistrates Court to have the dispute arbitrated. Disputes over less than $25,000 are dealt with in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT).
The Coroners Court reviews accidental and sudden deaths and deaths in custody.
Getting to Roma Street Magistrates Court
Roma Street Magistrates Court is at 240 Roma Street, Brisbane City. Located on the intersection of Roma and Garrick Streets, it is about 50 meters from the Queensland Police headquarters.
If you’re driving from the M1 or Inner City Bypass, take the Herschel Street exit. Roma Street Magistrates Court is easily accessible via public transport. The Brisbane Transit Centre and Roma Street Station are directly opposite the court, and the north and south bus stops are in front of the court.
Go To Court Lawyers Brisbane has an office on the seventh floor of the Christie Centre at number 320 Adelaide Street, Brisbane. For expert advice and strong representation, call our Brisbane lawyers on 1300 636 846.
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