Civil and Criminal Jurisdiction Reform and Modernisation Amendment Bill

 

The Bill was passed on 3 August 2010, but is yet to be proclaimed. I refer you to the objectives of the Bill in the explanatory notes:

 

Objectives of the Bill

 

The objectives of the Bill are to:

• expand the jurisdiction of the Magistrates Courts to determine indictable offences in the Criminal Code and Drugs Misuse Act 1986;

• increase the general criminal jurisdiction of the District Court from offences with a maximum penalty of 14 years or less, to those with a maximum of 20 years or less;

• increase the monetary limit for civil disputes in the District Court to $750,000 and in the Magistrates Court to $150,000;

• provide specific powers for the courts to deal with non-compliance with disclosure obligations in criminal cases;

• streamline the committal process and the management of matters in the Magistrates Courts which proceed by way of ex-officio indictment;

• make various amendments to improve the operation of and consistency between Queensland Courts including, for example, amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 to transfer the jurisdiction for workers’ compensation appeals from Industrial Magistrates to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) where dual appeal rights currently exist; and

• make miscellaneous amendments to the Public Trustee Act 1978, the Financial Accountability Act 2009, the State Penalties Enforcement Act 1999, the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 and the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2009.

Brisbane Barrister – David Cormack

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