- Queensland, Australia
The Magistrates Court represents the first tier of the Queensland Courts system. It is the place where most criminal cases are first heard; it is also where most civil actions are heard. It deals with civil cases where the amount in dispute is $150,000 or less. Some minor family law matters are dealt with by the Court as too are matters covered by the Customs Act 1901, the Social Security Act 1991 and the Taxation Act 1953. The Court also hears the majority of domestic violence matters, and applications for child protection orders.
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Magistrates Court', Queensland Courts, http://www.courts.qld.gov.au/courts/magistrates-court, accessed online 17 August 2016; 'About Magistrates Courts', Queensland Government, http://www.courts.qld.gov.au/courts/magistrates-court, accessed online 17 August 2016.