The District Court of Queensland (QDC) 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.
|District Court of Queensland|
|Location||Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law in Brisbane; Beenleigh; Cairns; Ipswich; Maroochydore; Rockhampton; Southport, Townsville|
|Composition method||Vice-regal appointment upon nomination by the Premier following the advice of the Attorney-General and Cabinet|
|Authorized by||Queensland Parliament via the: District Court Act 1967 (QLD)|
|Appeals to||Supreme Court of Queensland|
|Appeals from||Magistrates Court of Queensland|
|Judge term length||mandatory retirement by age of 70|
|Number of positions||39|
|Currently||Brian Devereaux SC|
|Since||17 August 2020|
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.
Decisions made by the District Court may be heard on appeal to the Supreme Court; and the District Court may sit as an appellate court for decisions made in the Magistrates Court of Queensland. The unreported judgments of the District Courts is published on the Queensland Judgments website.
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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. District Court civil decisions are published on the Queensland Judgments website.
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. District Court criminal decisions are published on the Queensland Judgments website.
Chief Judge of the District CourtEdit
|Name||Date appointed||Term in office||Notes|
|Chief Judge Brian G Devereaux SC||17 August 2020||1 year, 319 days|||
Judges of the District CourtEdit
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 John Allen||Brisbane||17 December 2018||3 years, 197 days||Deputy President, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal|
|Judge Ken Barlow||Brisbane||18 June 2019||3 years, 14 days|
|Judge Michael J. F. Burnett||Rockhampton||3 November 2014||7 years, 241 days|
|Judge Michael Byrne||Brisbane||20 January 2020||2 years, 163 days|
|Judge Glen Cash||Maroochydore||2 July 2018||4 years, 0 days|
|Judge Craig Chowdhury||Beenleigh||13 May 2016||6 years, 50 days|
|Judge Leanne Clare||Brisbane||2 April 2008||14 years, 91 days|
|Judge Jeffrey Clarke||Rockhampton||31 August 2020||1 year, 305 days|
|Judge John Coker||Townsville||8 March 2018||4 years, 116 days|
|Judge Geraldine Dann||Southport||7 September 2020||1 year, 298 days|
|Judge Ian Dearden||Brisbane||28 February 2005||17 years, 124 days|
|Justice Julie M. Dick||Brisbane||14 December 2000||21 years, 200 days|
|Judge William G. Everson||Brisbane||2 April 2008||14 years, 91 days|
|Judge Tracy Fantin||Brisbane||16 October 2017||4 years, 259 days|
|Judge Brad Farr||Brisbane||11 August 2011||10 years, 325 days|
|Judge Terry Gardiner||Brisbane||8 July 2019||2 years, 359 days||Also Chief Magistrate|
|Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren||Ipswich||20 October 2012||9 years, 255 days|
|Judge Rowan Jackson||Southport||31 August 2020||1 year, 305 days|
|Judge Nathan Jarro||Brisbane||26 March 2018||4 years, 98 days|
|Judge Richard Jones||Brisbane||19 February 2010||12 years, 133 days|
|Judge Nicole Kefford||Brisbane||14 November 2016||5 years, 230 days|
|Judge David Kent||Southport||7 March 2016||6 years, 117 days|
|Judge Gary Long||Maroochydore||13 May 2011||11 years, 50 days|
|Judge Vicki Loury||Brisbane||17 December 2018||3 years, 197 days|
|Judge Dennis Lynch||Ipswich||2 December 2016||5 years, 212 days|
|Judge Gregory Lynham||Townsville||24 April 2017||5 years, 69 days|
|Judge Dean P. Morzone||Cairns||27 October 2014||7 years, 248 days|
|Judge Tony Moynihan||Brisbane||25 June 2015||7 years, 7 days|
|Judge Catherine Muir||Southport||14 November 2016||25 years, 296 days|
|Judge Katherine M. McGinness||Southport||17 July 2009||5 years, 230 days|
|Judge Bernard Porter||Brisbane||28 August 2017||4 years, 308 days|
|Judge Michael E. Rackemann||Brisbane||12 January 2004||18 years, 171 days|
|Judge Anthony J. Rafter||Brisbane||15 December 2006||15 years, 199 days|
|Judge David Reid||Brisbane||19 February 2010||12 years, 133 days|
|Judge Deborah Richards||Brisbane||26 November 1998||23 years, 218 days|
|Judge Orazio Rinaudo||Brisbane||8 July 2014||7 years, 359 days|
|Judge Jennifer Rosengren||Brisbane||11 September 2017||4 years, 294 days|
|Judge Suzanne C. Sheridan||Brisbane||24 November 2014||7 years, 220 days|
|Judge Paul E. Smith||Brisbane||8 March 2013||9 years, 116 days||Also Judge Administrator|
|Judge Michael Williamson||Brisbane||19 March 2018||4 years, 105 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. Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
- "Courthouses contacts". Department of Justice ad Attorney-General (Queensland). Government of Queensland. 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2012.