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COURTS REFORM AMENDMENT BILL 1997

      Queensland




  COURTS REFORM
AMENDMENT BILL 1997

 


 

 

Queensland COURTS REFORM AMENDMENT BILL 1997 TABLE OF PROVISIONS Section Page PART 1--PRELIMINARY 1 Short title . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 2 Commencement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 3 Amended Acts--schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 PART 2--AMENDMENT OF CHILDRENS COURT ACT 1992 4 Act amended in pt 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 5 Amendment of s 3 (Definitions) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 6 Insertion of new pt 4A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 PART 4A--APPEALS 21A Application of pt 4A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 21B Who may appeal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 21C How to start an appeal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 21D Stay of operation of decisions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 21E Hearing procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 21F Powers of appellate court . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 7 Insertion of new s 30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 30 Transitional provision for Courts Reform Amendment Act 1997 . . . 13 PART 3--AMENDMENT OF CHILDREN'S SERVICES ACT 1965 8 Act amended in pt 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 9 Amendment of s 52A (Appeals) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 10 Amendment of s 68A (Appeals) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 11 Amendment of s 101 (Removal of proceeding into Supreme Court) . . . . . 14

 


 

2 Courts Reform Amendment PART 4--AMENDMENT OF CRIMINAL CODE 12 Code amended in pt 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 13 Amendment of s 669A (Appeal by Attorney-General) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 14 Omission of s 673 (Appeals from summary convictions) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 15 Insertion of new s 708 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 708 Transitional--provision for Courts Reform Amendment Act 1997 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 PART 5--DISPUTE RESOLUTION CENTRES ACT 1990 16 Act amended in pt 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 17 Amendment of s 2 (Interpretation) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 18 Amendment of s 3 (Establishment of council) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 19 Omission of s 4 (Council must have regard to finances) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 20 Replacement of s 6 (Membership) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 6 Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 21 Amendment of s 8 (Term of office) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 22 Amendment of s 10 (Vacation of office) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 23 Amendment of s 11 (Meetings of the council) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 24 Amendment of s 18 (Directors) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 25 Amendment of s 19 (Mediators) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 26 Amendment of s 23 (Premises of dispute resolution centres) . . . . . . . . . . . 19 27 Amendment of s 24 (Place of operation of dispute resolution centres) . . . 19 28 Omission of s 25 (Records) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 29 Amendment of s 27 (Use of certain words) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 30 Insertion of new s 27A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 27A Application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 31 Amendment of s 28 (Provision of mediation services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 32 Amendment of s 29 (Conduct of mediation sessions) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 33 Amendment of s 30 (Disputes) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 34 Amendment of s 31 (Mediation to be voluntary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 35 Omission of s 34 (Evaluations) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 36 Amendment of s 36 (Privilege) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 37 Amendment of s 37 (Secrecy) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

 


 

3 Courts Reform Amendment 38 Insertion of new s 42 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 42 Transitional provision for Courts Reform Amendment Act 1997 . . . 22 PART 6--AMENDMENT OF DISTRICT COURTS ACT 1967 39 Act amended in pt 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 40 Amendment of s 3 (Definitions) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 41 Insertion of new pt 2, div 2A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Division 2A--Powers and responsibilities of Chief Judge 28A Arrangement of business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 42 Omission of s 49 (Bailiff to give security) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 43 Amendment of s 68 (District Courts' civil jurisdiction) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 44 Amendment of s 95 (ADR register) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 45 Amendment of s 97 (Court may consider and order reference to ADR process) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 46 Amendment of s 110C (Use of video link facilities in proceedings) . . . . . 25 47 Replacement of s 118 (Appeal to the Court of Appeal in certain cases) . . 25 118 Appeal to the Court of Appeal in certain cases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 48 Insertion of new s 130A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 130A Annual report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 49 Amendment of s 131 (Regulation making power) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 50 Insertion of new s 138 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 138 Transitional--provision for Courts Reform Amendment Act 1997 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 PART 7--AMENDMENT OF JUDGES (SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES) ACT 1967 51 Act amended in pt 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 52 Amendment of s 2 (Salary and allowances of Supreme Court judges) . . . . 28 53 Amendment of s 12 (Inquiry and report on judicial salaries and allowances) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 PART 8--AMENDMENT OF JUDICIAL REVIEW ACT 1991 54 Act amended in pt 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 55 Amendment of sch 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 PART 9--AMENDMENT OF JUSTICES ACT 1886 56 Act amended in pt 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 57 Amendment of s 23 (Vacancy in office of clerk of court etc.) . . . . . . . . . . 30

 


 

4 Courts Reform Amendment 58 Omission of ss 23F and 23G . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 59 Amendment of s 158A (Exercise of discretion in relation to an award of costs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 60 Insertion of new s 158B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 158B Costs for division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 61 Amendment of pt 9 (Appeals from the decisions of justices) . . . . . . . . . . . 31 62 Amendment of s 222 (Appeal to a single judge) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 63 Replacement of s 223 (Appeal to be on original materials unless rehearing ordered or agreed to) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 223 Appeal generally a rehearing on the evidence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 64 Insertion of new s 224A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 224A Right of appellant to be present . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 65 Amendment of s 232 (Costs of appeal) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 66 Insertion of new s 232A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 232A Costs for division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 67 Amendment of pt 11 (Savings and transitional) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 68 Insertion of new ss 273-275 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 273 Transitional--provision for Courts Reform Amendment Act 1997 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 274 Validation--acting clerks of the court . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 275 Validation--clerks of the court, metropolitan district . . . . . . . . . . . 36 PART 10--AMENDMENT OF LAW REFORM COMMISSION ACT 1968 69 Act amended in pt 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 70 Amendment of s 10 (Functions and duties of Commission) . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 PART 11--AMENDMENT OF MAGISTRATES COURTS ACT 1921 71 Act amended in pt 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 72 Amendment of s 2 (Definitions) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 73 Amendment of ss 4-6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 74 Amendment of s 27 (ADR register) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 75 Amendment of s 29 (Court may consider and order reference to ADR process) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 76 Amendment of pt 9 (Transitional and savings) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

 


 

5 Courts Reform Amendment 77 Insertion of new s 61 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 61 Validation--exercise of registrar's duties by deputy registrars at certain places . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 62 Validation--acting deputy registrars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 PART 12--AMENDMENT OF SUPREME COURT ACT 1995 78 Act amended in pt 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 79 Omission of s 215 (Sheriff's recognisances) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 80 Amendment of s 232 (Governor may appoint high bailiffs or bailiffs when necessary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 81 Amendment of s 238 (Duties and status of northern sheriff defined) . . . . . 41 82 Amendment of s 266 (Definitions for pt 16) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 83 Insertion of new s 266A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 266A Central, northern and far northern districts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 84 Amendment of s 267 (Sittings in central and northern districts) . . . . . . . . . 42 85 Amendment of s 268 (Jurisdiction etc. of judges sitting in Central and Northern Courts) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 86 Replacement of s 269 (Central and northern judges) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 87 Amendment of s 270 (Transfer of judge) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 88 Omission of s 271 (Central judge and northern judge defined) . . . . . . . . . . 44 89 Amendment of s 272 (General jurisdiction of central judge and northern judge) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 90 Amendment of s 273 (Officers may be appointed) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 91 Insertion of new s 273A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 273A Duties and status of central, northern and far northern sheriffs . . . . 45 92 Amendment of s 274 (Causes may be transferred) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 93 Amendment of s 275 (Construction of Acts in which Brisbane is mentioned) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 94 Amendment of s 276 (Process where returnable) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 95 Amendment of s 277 (Performance of duties of registrar within central and northern districts) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 96 Insertion of new s 277A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 277A Transitional--references to northern district and Northern Court . . 47 97 Omission of pt 17 (Provisions from Supreme Court Act 1899) . . . . . . . . . . 48 98 Amendment of s 287 (District sittings are Circuit Courts) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

 


 

6 Courts Reform Amendment 99 Amendment of sch 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 100 Insertion of new sch 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 SCHEDULE 3 FAR NORTHERN DISTRICT PART 13--AMENDMENT OF SUPREME COURT OF QUEENSLAND ACT 1991 101 Act amended in pt 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 102 Amendment of title . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 103 Amendment of s 2 (Definitions) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 104 Omission of s 5 (Interpretation--control and management of precincts) . . 50 105 Omission of s 10 (Existing judges etc.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 106 Amendment of s 11 (Composition of court) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 107 Insertion of new s 13A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 13A Administrative responsibility of Chief Justice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 108 Amendment of s 14 (Acting judges) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 109 Amendment of s 16 (Divisions of court etc.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 110 Omission of ss 17-20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 111 Amendment of s 21 (Seniority) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 112 Amendment of s 22 (Accepting and holding of other public offices) . . . . . 52 113 Amendment of s 23 (Retirement of judges) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 114 Omission of s 24 (Leave of absence) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 115 Amendment of s 26 (Temporary judicial office holders) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 116 Amendment of s 30 (Way in which court may be constituted) . . . . . . . . . . 53 117 Amendment of s 32 (Arrangement of business of Court of Appeal) . . . . . . 53 118 Insertion of new s 32A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 32A Annual report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 119 Amendment of s 34 (Judge of appeal continues to be judge) . . . . . . . . . . . 54 120 Amendment of s 36 (Appointment of President) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 121 Omission of s 38 (Holding office as Chief Justice and President) . . . . . . . 54 122 Amendment of s 39 (Additional judges of appeal) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 123 Amendment of s 43 (Powers of judge of appeal) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

 


 

7 Courts Reform Amendment 124 Insertion of new s 44A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 44A Remuneration of new judges of appeal after Courts Reform Amendment Act 1997 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 125 Omission of pt 3, div 3 (Management of the Court of Appeal) . . . . . . . . . . 55 126 Amendment of pt 4, div 2, heading (Senior Judge Administrator, senior judges and other judges) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 127 Amendment of s 57 (Appointment of Senior Judge Administrator) . . . . . . . 55 128 Amendment of s 60 (Arrangement of business of Trial Division) . . . . . . . . 56 129 Replacement of ss 61-67 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 61 Annual report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 130 Amendment of s 68 (Removal and remission) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 131 Amendment of s 69 (Appeal in proceedings in the court) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 132 Omission of pt 7 (Litigation Reform Commission) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 133 Amendment of s 98 (Approval of mediators) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 134 Amendment of s 99 (Approval of case appraisers) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 135 Amendment of s 100 (ADR register) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 136 Amendment of s 102 (Court may consider and order reference to ADR process) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 137 Amendment of s 115 (Revocation of approval as mediator or case appraiser) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 138 Amendment of s 116C (Use of video link facilities in proceedings) . . . . . 59 139 Amendment of s 117 (Rule making power) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 140 Insertion of new ss 119A-119C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 119A Supreme Court precincts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 119B Annual report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 119C Finances and staffing of court . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 141 Insertion of new s 127 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 127 Transitional provisions for Courts Reform Amendment Act 1997 . . 61 PART 14--AMENDMENT OF CRIMINAL LAW AMENDMENT ACT 1997 142 Act amended in pt 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 143 Amendment of sch 2 (Other Acts amended) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

 


 

8 Courts Reform Amendment SCHEDULE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS BILLS OF SALE AND OTHER INSTRUMENTS ACT 1955 . . . . . . . . . . . 63 CHARITABLE FUNDS ACT 1958 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 DISTRICT COURTS ACT 1967 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 JUSTICES ACT 1886 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 LIENS ON CROPS OF SUGAR CANE ACT 1931 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

 


 

1997 A BILL FOR An Act to amend various Acts to change the jurisdiction of the Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts, and for other purposes

 


 

s1 10 s5 Courts Reform Amendment The Parliament of Queensland enacts-- 1 PART 1--PRELIMINARY 2 title 3 Short Clause 1. This Act may be cited as the Courts Reform Amendment Act 1997. 4 5 Commencement Clause 2. This Act commences on a day to be fixed by proclamation. 6 Acts--schedule 7 Amended Clause 3. The schedule amends the Acts mentioned in it. 8 PART 2--AMENDMENT OF CHILDRENS COURT 9 ACT 1992 10 amended in pt 2 11 Act Clause 4. This part amends the Childrens Court Act 1992. 12 of s 3 (Definitions) 13 Amendment Clause 5. Section 3-- 14 insert-- 15 ` "appellate court", for an order made by the Childrens Court, means-- 16 (a) if the order was made by the Childrens Court constituted by a 17 Childrens Court judge--the Court of Appeal; or 18 (b) if the order was made by the Childrens Court constituted by a 19

 


 

s6 11 s6 Courts Reform Amendment Childrens Court magistrate, a stipendiary magistrate or 1 justices--the Childrens Court constituted by a Childrens Court 2 judge.'. 3 of new pt 4A 4 Insertion Clause 6. After part 4-- 5 insert-- 6 ART 4A--APPEALS 7 `P of pt 4A 8 `Application `21A. This part applies to appeals from orders of the Childrens Court 9 made under the Children's Services Act 1965, parts 6 and 7.1 10 may appeal 11 `Who `21B. The following persons may appeal to the appellate court against an 12 order for a child-- 13 (a) if the child is 12 or over--the child; 14 (b) if the child is under 12--a separate legal representative for the 15 child; 16 (c) another party to the proceeding. 17 to start an appeal 18 `How `21C.(1) An appeal is started by filing a written notice of appeal with the 19 registrar of the appellate court. 20 `(2) The registrar must give the decision-maker a copy of the notice. 21 `(3) The appellant must serve a copy of the notice on each other party to 22 the proceeding. 23 `(4) The notice of appeal must be filed within 28 days after the decision 24 1 Part 6 (Children in need of care and protection); part 7 (Children in need of care and control)

 


 

s6 12 s6 Courts Reform Amendment is made. 1 `(5) The court may at any time extend the period for filing the notice of 2 appeal. 3 `(6) The notice of appeal must state fully the grounds of the appeal and 4 the facts relied on. 5 of operation of decisions 6 `Stay `21D.(1) The appellate court may stay a decision appealed against to 7 secure the effectiveness of the appeal. 8 `(2) A stay-- 9 (a) may be given on the reasonable conditions the court considers 10 appropriate; and 11 (b) operates for the period fixed by the court; and 12 (c) may be revoked or amended by the court. 13 `(3) However, the period of a stay must not extend past the time when 14 the court decides the appeal. 15 `(4) An appeal against a decision affects the decision, or carrying out of 16 the decision, only if the decision is stayed. 17 procedures 18 `Hearing `21E.(1) An appeal must be decided on the evidence and proceedings 19 before the Childrens Court. 20 `(2) However, if the appellate court is the Childrens Court constituted by 21 a judge, it may order that the appeal be heard afresh, in whole or part. 22 of appellate court 23 `Powers `21F. In deciding an appeal, the appellate court may-- 24 (a) confirm the decision appealed against; or 25 (b) vary the decision appealed against; or 26 (c) set aside the decision and substitute another decision.'. 27

 


 

s7 13 s8 Courts Reform Amendment of new s 30 1 Insertion Clause 7. After section 29-- 2 insert-- 3 provision for Courts Reform Amendment Act 1997 4 `Transitional `30.(1) This section applies if, before the commencement of the Courts 5 Reform Amendment Act 1997, section 92-- 6 (a) a person aggrieved by an order of the Childrens Court under the 7 Children's Services Act 1965, part 6 or 7,3 started an appeal under 8 the Children's Services Act 1965, section 52A or 68A,4 as in 9 force immediately before the commencement; and 10 (b) the appeal has not been finally decided. 11 `(2) The appeal may be dealt with as if the Courts Reform Amendment 12 Act 1997, sections 6 and 625 had not been enacted. 13 `(3) This section expires 2 years after it commences.'. 14 PART 3--AMENDMENT OF CHILDREN'S SERVICES 15 ACT 1965 16 amended in pt 3 17 Act Clause 8. This part amends the Children's Services Act 1965. 18 2 Section 9 (Amendment of s 52A (Appeals)) 3 Part 6 (Children in need of care and protection) Part 7 (Children in need of care and control) 4 Section 52A (Appeals) or 68A (Appeals) 5 Sections 6 (Insertion of new pt 4A) and 62 (Amendment of s 222 (Appeal to a single judge))

 


 

s9 14 s 12 Courts Reform Amendment of s 52A (Appeals) 1 Amendment Clause 9.(1) Section 52A(1), `to the Court of Appeal'-- 2 omit, insert-- 3 `under the Childrens Court Act 1992, part 4A'. 4 (2) Section 52A(2)-- 5 omit. 6 of s 68A (Appeals) 7 Amendment Clause 10.(1) Section 68A(1), `to the Court of Appeal'-- 8 omit, insert-- 9 `under the Childrens Court Act 1992, part 4A'. 10 (2) Section 68A(2)-- 11 omit. 12 of s 101 (Removal of proceeding into Supreme Court) 13 Amendment Clause 11.(1) Section 101(4), `division 2'-- 14 omit, insert-- 15 `division 1'. 16 (2) Section 101(4)(a), from `as if'-- 17 omit, insert-- 18 `as if paragraphs (d) and (e) were omitted; and'. 19 PART 4--AMENDMENT OF CRIMINAL CODE 20 amended in pt 4 21 Code Clause 12. This part amends the Criminal Code. 22

 


 

s 13 15 s 15 Courts Reform Amendment of s 669A (Appeal by Attorney-General) 1 Amendment Clause 13.(1) Section 669A(6)-- 2 renumber as section 669A(7). 3 (2) After section 669A(5)-- 4 insert-- 5 `(6) If a person convicted summarily of an indictable offence appeals to a 6 District Court judge under the Justices Act 1886, section 2226 and, in 7 relation to the same conviction, the Attorney-General appeals under this 8 section-- 9 (a) the convicted person's appeal is, by force of this section, removed 10 to the Court of Appeal; and 11 (b) both appeals must be heard together by the Court of Appeal.'. 12 of s 673 (Appeals from summary convictions) 13 Omission Clause 14. Section 673-- 14 omit. 15 of new s 708 16 Insertion Clause 15. After section 707-- 17 insert-- 18 for Courts Reform Amendment Act 1997 19 `Transitional--provision `708.(1) This section applies if, before the commencement of the Courts 20 Reform Amendment Act 1997, section 147-- 21 (a) a person convicted summarily of an indictable offence started an 22 appeal under section 673 as in force immediately before the 23 commencement; and 24 (b) the appeal has not been finally decided. 25 6 Section 222 (Appeal to a single judge) 7 Section 14 (Omission of s 673 (Appeals from summary convictions))

 


 

s 16 16 s 17 Courts Reform Amendment `(2) The appeal may be dealt with as if the Courts Reform Amendment 1 Act 1997, section 14 had not been enacted. 2 `(3) This section expires 2 years after it commences.'. 3 PART 5--DISPUTE RESOLUTION CENTRES ACT 4 1990 5 amended in pt 5 6 Act Clause 16. This part amends the Dispute Resolution Centres Act 1990. 7 of s 2 (Interpretation) 8 Amendment Clause 17. Section 2(1)-- 9 insert-- 10 ` "agency" means a department or local government, and includes part of 11 an agency. 12 "referring order" means an order referring a dispute for mediation made 13 by-- 14 (a) the Supreme Court under the Supreme Court of Queensland Act 15 1991, section 102; or 16 (b) a District Court under the District Courts Act 1967, section 97; or 17 (c) a Magistrates Court under the Magistrates Courts Act 1921, 18 section 29.8'. 19 8 Supreme Court of Queensland Act 1991, section 102 (Court may consider and order reference to ADR process); District Courts Act 1967, section 97 (Court may consider and order reference to ADR process); Magistrates Courts Act 1921, section 29 (Court may consider and order reference to ADR process)

 


 

s 18 17 s 21 Courts Reform Amendment of s 3 (Establishment of council) 1 Amendment Clause 18. Section 3, from `Council having functions'-- 2 omit, insert-- 3 `Council. 4 `(2) The principal function of the council is to provide advice to the 5 Minister on the operation of this Act, dispute resolution generally and the 6 provision of mediation services under this Act, other than mediation 7 services provided because of a referring order.'. 8 of s 4 (Council must have regard to finances) 9 Omission Clause 19. Section 4-- 10 omit. 11 of s 6 (Membership) 12 Replacement Clause 20. Section 6-- 13 omit, insert-- 14 15 `Membership `6.(1) The council consists of at least 4 members appointed by the 16 Minister who the Minister considers have an appropriate level of knowledge 17 of, and experience in, dispute resolution processes or related areas. 18 `(2) The Minister may seek nominations for council membership in any 19 way the Minister considers appropriate.'. 20 of s 8 (Term of office) 21 Amendment Clause 21.(1) Section 8, `An appointed member of the council'-- 22 omit, insert-- 23 `A member of the council'. 24 (2) Section 8, `but if otherwise qualified is eligible for reappointment'-- 25 omit. 26

 


 

s 22 18 s 25 Courts Reform Amendment of s 10 (Vacation of office) 1 Amendment Clause 22.(1) Section 10(1) and (3), `an appointed member'-- 2 omit, insert-- 3 `a member'. 4 (2) Section 10(2), `appointed'-- 5 omit. 6 of s 11 (Meetings of the council) 7 Amendment Clause 23.(1) Section 11-- 8 insert-- 9 `(2A) A quorum of the council is half the number of members of which 10 the council for the time being consists or, if that number is not a whole 11 number, the next greater whole number.'. 12 (2) Section 11(3), `Five members form a quorum at any meeting of the 13 council and any'-- 14 omit, insert-- 15 `Any'. 16 (3) Section 11(2A) to (5)-- 17 renumber as section 11(3) to (6). 18 of s 18 (Directors) 19 Amendment Clause 24. Section 18(2)-- 20 omit. 21 of s 19 (Mediators) 22 Amendment Clause 25. Section 19, `The Minister' to `the centre'-- 23 omit, insert-- 24 `The chief executive may accredit a person, other than a director, as a 25 mediator for a dispute resolution centre'. 26

 


 

s 26 19 s 30 Courts Reform Amendment of s 23 (Premises of dispute resolution centres) 1 Amendment Clause 26. Section 23, `order in council'-- 2 omit, insert-- 3 `gazette notice'. 4 of s 24 (Place of operation of dispute resolution centres) 5 Amendment Clause 27.(1) Section 24(1), `order in council'-- 6 omit, insert-- 7 `gazette notice'. 8 (2) Section 24(2), `, subject to' to `the council,'-- 9 omit. 10 of s 25 (Records) 11 Omission Clause 28. Section 25-- 12 omit. 13 of s 27 (Use of certain words) 14 Amendment Clause 29. Section 27(1)(b), `council'-- 15 omit, insert-- 16 `Minister'. 17 of new s 27A 18 Insertion Clause 30. Part 4, before section 28-- 19 insert-- 20 21 `Application `27A.(1) This part, other than the prescribed sections, does not apply in 22 relation to a dispute that is the subject of a referring order. 23 `(2) To remove any doubt, it is declared that the Act that applies to the 24

 


 

s 31 20 s 32 Courts Reform Amendment mediation of a dispute that is the subject of a referring order is the Act under 1 which the referring order is made. 2 `(3) In this section-- 3 "prescribed sections" means-- 4 this section 5 section 28(1), (2), (3) and (4).'. 6 of s 28 (Provision of mediation services) 7 Amendment Clause 31.(1) Section 28(1), `, subject to' to `the council,'-- 8 omit. 9 (2) Section 28(1), after `mediation services'-- 10 insert-- 11 `, including mediation services necessary to give effect to a referring 12 order,'. 13 (3) Section 28-- 14 insert-- 15 `(2A) If, under a referring order, the director of a dispute resolution 16 centre is appointed as mediator of the dispute referred for mediation, the 17 director may assign 1 or more appropriately qualified mediators to conduct 18 the mediation. 19 `(2B) A mediator assigned by the director under subsection (3) is taken 20 to be the mediator appointed for the dispute under the referring order.'. 21 (4) Section 28(2A) to (3)-- 22 renumber as section 28(3) to (5). 23 of s 29 (Conduct of mediation sessions) 24 Amendment Clause 32. Section 29(1), `, subject to' to `the council,'-- 25 omit. 26

 


 

s 33 21 s 37 Courts Reform Amendment of s 30 (Disputes) 1 Amendment Clause 33. Section 30(1), `council may determine'-- 2 omit, insert-- 3 `director of a dispute resolution centre may decide, for the centre,'. 4 of s 31 (Mediation to be voluntary) 5 Amendment Clause 34. Section 31(3), after `body'-- 6 insert-- 7 `, unless the parties agree in writing that the agreement is to be 8 enforceable'. 9 of s 34 (Evaluations) 10 Omission Clause 35. Section 34-- 11 omit. 12 of s 36 (Privilege) 13 Amendment Clause 36. Section 36-- 14 insert-- 15 `(7) This section does not apply in relation to a dispute that is the subject 16 of a referring order. 17 `(8) To remove any doubt, it is declared that the Act that applies to the 18 mediation of a dispute that is the subject of a referring order is the Act under 19 which the referring order is made.'. 20 of s 37 (Secrecy) 21 Amendment Clause 37. Section 37-- 22 insert-- 23 `(4) Despite subsections (2) and (3) a director may, if the director 24 considers it is appropriate in the circumstances, disclose to an agency or 25 court-- 26

 


 

s 38 22 s 38 Courts Reform Amendment (a) the fact that a dispute resolution process has taken place; and 1 (b) whether an agreement was reached as a result of that process. 2 `(5) Before a director may make the disclosure mentioned in 3 subsection (4), the director must-- 4 (a) tell the parties of his or her intention to make the disclosure; and 5 (b) allow the parties a reasonable time, not less than 5 days, to make 6 written representations to the director about the disclosure; and 7 (c) have regard to the representations. 8 `(6) Subsection (4) does not permit the disclosure of the content of the 9 agreement reached by the parties without the consent of the parties. 10 `(7) This section, other than subsection (1), does not apply in relation to a 11 dispute that is the subject of a referring order. 12 `(8) To remove any doubt, it is declared that the Act that applies to the 13 disclosure of information about a dispute that is the subject of a referring 14 order is the Act under which the referring order is made.'. 15 of new s 42 16 Insertion Clause 38. After section 41-- 17 insert-- 18 provision for Courts Reform Amendment Act 1997 19 `Transitional `42.(1) A person who immediately before the commencement of the 20 Courts Reform Amendment Act 1997, section 259 was accredited as a 21 mediator for this Act continues after the commencement to be accredited for 22 this Act. 23 `(2) This section expires 3 months after it commences.'. 24 9 Section 25 (Amendment of s 19 (Mediators))

 


 

s 39 23 s 41 Courts Reform Amendment PART 6--AMENDMENT OF DISTRICT COURTS ACT 1 1967 2 amended in pt 6 3 Act Clause 39. This part amends the District Courts Act 1967. 4 of s 3 (Definitions) 5 Amendment Clause 40.(1) Section 3-- 6 insert-- 7 ` "approval", of a person as a mediator or case appraiser, means-- 8 (a) in the case of a mediator--approval under section 93;10 or 9 (b) in the case of a case appraiser--approval under section 94.11 10 "precincts", of a District Court, means any land or building, or the part of 11 any land or building, used for the purposes of the court.'. 12 (2) Section 3, definition "mediator", after `section 93'-- 13 insert-- 14 `or a mediator within the meaning of the Dispute Resolution Centres Act 15 1990'. 16 of new pt 2, div 2A 17 Insertion Clause 41. After section 28-- 18 insert-- 19 `Division 2A--Powers and responsibilities of Chief Judge 20 of business 21 `Arrangement `28A.(1) The Chief Judge is responsible for the administration of District 22 10 Section 93 (Approval of mediators) 11 Section 94 (Approval of case appraisers)

 


 

s 42 24 s 45 Courts Reform Amendment Courts and for ensuring the orderly and expeditious exercise of the 1 jurisdiction and powers of District Courts. 2 `(2) Subject to any Act, the Chief Judge has power to do all things 3 necessary or convenient to be done for the administration of District Courts 4 and for ensuring the orderly and expeditious exercise of the jurisdiction and 5 powers of District Courts.'. 6 of s 49 (Bailiff to give security) 7 Omission Clause 42. Section 49-- 8 omit. 9 of s 68 (District Courts' civil jurisdiction) 10 Amendment Clause 43. Section 68(2), definition "monetary limit", `$200 000'-- 11 omit, insert-- 12 `$250 000'. 13 of s 95 (ADR register) 14 Amendment Clause 44. Section 95-- 15 insert-- 16 `(5) However, subsection (4) does not require the registrar to enter in the 17 register the name and address of, and the other information about, a 18 mediator under the Dispute Resolution Centres Act 1990.'. 19 of s 97 (Court may consider and order reference to ADR 20 Amendment process) 21 Clause 45. Section 97-- 22 insert-- 23 `(4) If the court decides to refer the dispute to a mediator under the 24 Dispute Resolution Centres Act 1990, it is sufficient if the order appoints 25 the director of a specified dispute resolution centre as mediator.'. 26

 


 

s 46 25 s 47 Courts Reform Amendment of s 110C (Use of video link facilities in proceedings) 1 Amendment Clause 46.(1) Section 110C(1)(b)-- 2 omit, insert-- 3 `(b) the proceeding is-- 4 (i) about an offence with which the detainee is charged, 5 including a proceeding for the detainee's bail or remand; or 6 (ii) an appeal under the Justices Act 1886, section 22212 in 7 relation to an offence of which the detainee has been 8 convicted ("appeal proceeding"); and'. 9 (2) Section 110C(2) and (3), after `remand'-- 10 insert-- 11 `or an appeal proceeding'. 12 of s 118 (Appeal to the Court of Appeal in certain cases) 13 Replacement Clause 47. Section 118-- 14 omit, insert-- 15 to the Court of Appeal in certain cases 16 `Appeal `118.(1) This section does not apply to an appeal from a judgment of a 17 District Court exercising criminal jurisdiction, other than an appeal brought 18 before a District Court under the Justices Act 1886, section 222.13 19 `(2) A party who is dissatisfied with a final judgment of a District Court 20 in its original jurisdiction may appeal to the Court of Appeal if the 21 judgment-- 22 (a) is given-- 23 (i) for an amount equal to or more than the Magistrates Courts 24 jurisdictional limit; or 25 (ii) in relation to a matter at issue with a value equal to or more 26 than the Magistrates Courts jurisdictional limit; or 27 12 Section 222 (Appeal to a single judge) 13 Section 222 (Appeal to a single judge)

 


 

s 47 26 s 47 Courts Reform Amendment (b) involves directly or indirectly any claim, demand or question in 1 relation to any property or right with a value equal to or more than 2 the Magistrates Courts jurisdictional limit. 3 `(3) A party who is dissatisfied with any other judgment of a District 4 Court, whether in the court's original or appellate jurisdiction, may appeal to 5 the Court of Appeal with the leave of that court. 6 `(4) In deciding whether there is a right of appeal under this section, the 7 Court of Appeal may-- 8 (a) inform itself in any way it considers appropriate, including by 9 reference to the appeal record; and 10 (b) decide the question summarily without hearing evidence. 11 `(5) If it is reasonably arguable that a right of appeal under this section 12 exists, the Court of Appeal may treat that circumstance as a ground for 13 granting leave to appeal. 14 `(6) If the Court of Appeal grants leave under subsection (3), it may 15 grant it on the conditions it considers appropriate. 16 `(7) A single judge of the Court of Appeal may-- 17 (a) grant (with or without condition) or refuse leave mentioned in 18 subsection (3); or 19 (b) make the decision mentioned in subsection (4)(b). 20 `(8) The Supreme Court Act 1995, section 254,14 does not apply to an 21 order of a single judge of the Court of Appeal under this section. 22 `(9) An appeal from a District Court in its original jurisdiction is by way 23 of rehearing. 24 `(10) In this section-- 25 "final judgment", of a District Court, includes a judgment that grants leave 26 to enter a judgment mentioned in subsection (2). 27 14 Section 254 (As to appeals from orders made by single judge)

 


 

s 48 27 s 50 Courts Reform Amendment "Magistrates Courts jurisdictional limit" means the amount of the 1 jurisdictional limit of Magistrates Courts for personal actions stated in 2 the Magistrates Courts Act 1921, section 4(a).15'. 3 of new s 130A 4 Insertion Clause 48. After section 130-- 5 insert-- 6 report 7 `Annual `130A.(1) As soon as practicable after the end of each financial year, but 8 within 4 months after the end of the financial year, the Chief Judge must 9 prepare and give to the Minister a written report about the operation of 10 District Courts during the year. 11 `(2) The Minister must table a copy of the report in the Legislative 12 Assembly within 14 sitting days after receiving the report.'. 13 of s 131 (Regulation making power) 14 Amendment Clause 49. Section 131-- 15 insert-- 16 `(2) A regulation may make provision for the control and management 17 of the precincts of District Courts.'. 18 of new s 138 19 Insertion Clause 50. After section 137-- 20 insert-- 21 for Courts Reform Amendment Act 1997 22 `Transitional--provision `138.(1) This section applies if, before the commencement of the Courts 23 Reform Amendment Act 1997, section 4716-- 24 15 Section 4 (Jurisdiction of Magistrates Courts) 16 Section 47 (Replacement of s 118 (Appeal to the Court of Appeal in certain cases))

 


 

s 51 28 s 53 Courts Reform Amendment (a) a party dissatisfied with a judgment of a District Court started an 1 appeal, or applied for leave to appeal, under section 118 as in 2 force immediately before the commencement; and 3 (b) the appeal or application has not been finally decided. 4 `(2) The appeal or application, and any appeal allowed on the application, 5 may be dealt with as if the Courts Reform Amendment Act 1997, section 47 6 had not been enacted. 7 `(3) This section expires 2 years after it commences.'. 8 ART 7--AMENDMENT OF JUDGES (SALARIES 9 P AND ALLOWANCES) ACT 1967 10 amended in pt 7 11 Act Clause 51. This part amends the Judges (Salaries and Allowances) Act 1967. 12 of s 2 (Salary and allowances of Supreme Court judges) 13 Amendment Clause 52. Section 2, `, senior judges'-- 14 omit. 15 of s 12 (Inquiry and report on judicial salaries and 16 Amendment allowances) 17 Clause 53. Section 12(1)(a), `, senior judges'-- 18 omit. 19

 


 

s 54 29 s 55 Courts Reform Amendment PART 8--AMENDMENT OF JUDICIAL REVIEW ACT 1 1991 2 amended in pt 8 3 Act Clause 54. This part amends the Judicial Review Act 1991. 4 of sch 1 5 Amendment Clause 55.(1) Schedule 1, part 1, items 1 to 7-- 6 omit, insert-- 7 `1. Casino Control Act 1982, sections 28(3), 31(23), 32(7), 38(3) 8 and 44(4) 9 2. District Courts Act 1967, section 28 10 3. Family Security Friendly Society (Distribution of Moneys) Act 1991, 11 section 25 12 4. Magistrates Courts Act 1921, sections 43, 48(1) and 50 13 5. Queensland Building Services Authority Act 1991, section 100 14 6. Retail Shop Leases Act 1994, section 88 15 7. Small Claims Tribunals Act 1973, section 19 16 8. Workplace Relations Act 1997, sections 259 and 353.'. 17 (2) Schedule 1, part 2, items 1 to 3-- 18 omit, insert-- 19 `1. District Courts Act 1967, sections 93, 94 and 110(1) 20 2. Justices Act 1886, section 225 21 3. Magistrates Courts Act 1921, sections 25, 26 and 42(1) 22 4. Supreme Court of Queensland Act 1991, sections 98, 99 and 115(1).'. 23

 


 

s 56 30 s 59 Courts Reform Amendment PART 9--AMENDMENT OF JUSTICES ACT 1886 1 amended in pt 9 2 Act Clause 56. This part amends the Justices Act 1886. 3 of s 23 (Vacancy in office of clerk of court etc.) 4 Amendment Clause 57.(1) Section 23-- 5 insert-- 6 `(3A) If, in relation to a place appointed for holding a Magistrates 7 Court-- 8 (a) the person appointed as clerk of the court for the place is a police 9 officer; and 10 (b) there is no magistrate available at the place to discharge the duties 11 of the clerk of the court during the clerk's absence from the place; 12 a magistrate may require another appropriately qualified police officer to 13 perform, or assist in performing, the duties or a specified part of the duties 14 during the clerk's absence.'. 15 (2) Section 23(4), after `subsection (3)'-- 16 insert-- 17 `or (3A)'. 18 mission of ss 23F and 23G 19 O Clause 58. Sections 23F and 23G-- 20 omit. 21 of s 158A (Exercise of discretion in relation to an award 22 Amendment of costs) 23 Clause 59. Section 158A(5)-- 24 omit, insert-- 25

 


 

s 60 31 s 62 Courts Reform Amendment `(5) If an appeal against an order for costs is made under section 222-- 1 (a) payment of the amount shown in the certificate is stayed until the 2 appeal is decided; and 3 (b) payment is to be made of the amount (if any) ordered or 4 confirmed by further order made on the appeal.'. 5 of new s 158B 6 Insertion Clause 60. After section 158A-- 7 insert-- 8 for division 9 `Costs `158B.(1) In deciding the costs that are just and reasonable for this 10 division, the justices may award costs only-- 11 (a) for an item allowed for this division under a scale of costs 12 prescribed under a regulation; and 13 (b) up to the amount allowed for the item under the scale. 14 `(2) However, the justices may allow a higher amount for costs if the 15 justices are satisfied that the higher amount is just and reasonable having 16 regard to the special difficulty, complexity or importance of the case.'. 17 of pt 9 (Appeals from the decisions of justices) 18 Amendment Clause 61.(1) Part 9, division 1-- 19 omit. 20 (2) Part 9, divisions 2 and 3-- 21 renumber as part 9, divisions 1 and 2. 22 of s 222 (Appeal to a single judge) 23 Amendment Clause 62.(1) Section 222(1), from `judge of District Courts'-- 24 omit, insert-- 25

 


 

s 62 32 s 62 Courts Reform Amendment `District Court judge.17'. 1 (2) Section 222(1A)-- 2 omit, insert-- 3 `(1A) However, if the order the subject of the proposed appeal is an 4 order of justices dealing summarily with an indictable offence, a 5 complainant aggrieved by the decision may appeal under this section only 6 against sentence or an order for costs.'. 7 (3) Section 222(2)(a)(i), `28 days' to `as the case may be,'-- 8 omit, insert-- 9 `1 calendar month after the decision'. 10 (4) Section 222(2)(d), `if the appellant is in custody'-- 11 insert-- 12 `subject to subsection (2D), if the appellant is in custody under the order 13 appealed against'. 14 (5) Section 222(2)(e)-- 15 omit. 16 (6) Section 222(2)(f)-- 17 renumber as section 222(2)(e). 18 (7) Section 222-- 19 insert-- 20 `(2C) For subsection (2)(a)(i) or (2)(c), if the appellant is a person 21 aggrieved as defendant, it is sufficient if the appellant or the registrar, as the 22 case requires, gives the notice to-- 23 (a) if the complainant was a police officer--the commissioner of the 24 police service; or 25 (b) if the complainant was an officer of a department of 26 17 Under the Criminal Code, s 669A(6), an appeal against a decision by a defendant under this section to a District Court is removed directly to the Court of Appeal if the Attorney-General also appeals against the decision under s 669A.

 


 

s 63 33 s 64 Courts Reform Amendment government--the chief executive of the department. 1 `(2D) Subsection (2)(d) does not apply if the appellant is in custody on 2 summary conviction by justices for an indictable offence.18'. 3 of s 223 (Appeal to be on original materials unless 4 Replacement rehearing ordered or agreed to) 5 Clause 63. Section 223-- 6 omit, insert-- 7 generally a rehearing on the evidence 8 `Appeal `223.(1) An appeal under section 222 is by way of rehearing on the 9 evidence ("original evidence") given in the proceeding before the justices. 10 `(2) However, a District Court may give leave to adduce fresh, additional 11 or substituted evidence ("new evidence") if the court is satisfied there are 12 special grounds for giving leave. 13 `(3) If the court gives leave under subsection (2), the appeal is-- 14 (a) by way of rehearing on the original evidence; and 15 (b) on the new evidence adduced.'. 16 of new s 224A 17 Insertion Clause 64. After section 224-- 18 insert-- 19 of appellant to be present 20 `Right `224A.(1) An appellant is entitled to be present on the hearing of the 21 appellant's appeal, unless it is on a ground involving a question of law 22 alone. 23 `(2) Subsection (1) applies even if the appellant is in custody. 24 `(3) On an appeal, or application for leave to appeal, on a ground 25 involving a question of law alone, and on any proceeding preliminary or 26 18 A person seeking release from custody in these circumstances must apply for release under the Bail Act 1980.

 


 

s 65 34 s 66 Courts Reform Amendment incidental to an appeal, the appellant is entitled to be present only with the 1 leave of a District Court. 2 `(4) The power of a District Court to pass any sentence may be exercised 3 even though the appellant is not present.'. 4 of s 232 (Costs of appeal) 5 Amendment Clause 65. Section 232-- 6 insert-- 7 `(4) No order as to costs may be made on-- 8 (a) the hearing or determination of an appeal in relation to an 9 indictable offence that was dealt with summarily by justices; or 10 (b) any proceeding preliminary or incidental to an appeal mentioned 11 in paragraph (a).'. 12 of new s 232A 13 Insertion Clause 66. Part 9, division 1 (as renumbered), after section 232-- 14 insert-- 15 for division 16 `Costs `232A.(1) In deciding the costs that are just for this division, the judge 17 may award costs only-- 18 (a) for an item allowed for this division under a scale of costs 19 prescribed under a regulation; and 20 (b) up to the amount allowed for the item under the scale. 21 `(2) However, the judge may allow a higher amount for costs if the judge 22 is satisfied that the higher amount is just having regard to the special 23 difficulty, complexity or importance of the appeal.'. 24

 


 

s 67 35 s 68 Courts Reform Amendment of pt 11 (Savings and transitional) 1 Amendment Clause 67. Part 11, heading-- 2 omit, insert-- 3 `PART 11--VALIDATIONS, SAVINGS AND 4 TRANSITIONAL'. 5 of new ss 273-275 6 Insertion Clause 68. After section 272-- 7 insert-- 8 for Courts Reform Amendment Act 1997 9 `Transitional--provision `273.(1) This section applies if, immediately before the commencement 10 of the Courts Reform Amendment Act 1997, section 61(1)19-- 11 (a) an application for an order to review under section 209 was made 12 but not decided; or 13 (b) an order for review under section 209 was granted but not finally 14 dealt with. 15 `(2) The application, and any order to review made on the application, 16 mentioned in subsection (1)(a) or an order to review mentioned in 17 subsection (1)(b) may be dealt with as if part 9, division 1 had not been 18 repealed by the Courts Reform Amendment Act 1997, section 61(1). 19 `(3) This section expires 2 years after it commences. 20 clerks of the court 21 `Validation--acting `274.(1) This section applies to the performance of a function or the 22 exercise of a power or jurisdiction on or after 1 January 1990 that, under 23 this Act or another Act or law, may be performed or exercised only by a 24 clerk of the court. 25 `(2) The performance of the function or the exercise of the power or 26 jurisdiction by a person under the authority of an administrative or other 27 19 Section 61 (Amendment of pt 9 (Appeals from the decisions of justices))

 


 

s 68 36 s 68 Courts Reform Amendment arrangement of the State or a department of the State to perform the 1 functions and exercise the powers and jurisdiction of a clerk of the court, is 2 taken to be as validly performed or exercised as it would have been if the 3 person had been appointed a clerk of the court under section 22C 20 to the 4 place where the function was performed or the power or jurisdiction was 5 exercised. 6 `(3) This section expires the day after it commences. 7 of the court, metropolitan district 8 `Validation--clerks `275.(1) This section applies to the following-- 9 (a) the performance of a function or the exercise of a power or 10 jurisdiction on or after the relevant day that, under this Act or 11 another Act or law, may be performed or exercised only by a 12 clerk of the court at a place within the metropolitan district; 13 (b) the continuation of the appointment of a person who, immediately 14 before the relevant day, held office as a clerk of the court at a 15 place within the metropolitan district as a clerk of the court for the 16 place; 17 (c) any purported appointment by the Governor in Council, on or 18 after the relevant day, of a person to the office of clerk of the court 19 at a place within the metropolitan district. 20 `(2) For subsection (1)(a) and to remove any doubt, it is declared that the 21 performance of the function or the exercise of the power or jurisdiction by a 22 person under the authority of a purported appointment as a clerk of the court 23 at a place within the metropolitan district is taken to be as validly performed 24 or exercised as it would have been if it had been performed or exercised by 25 a validly appointed clerk of the court for the place. 26 `(3) Subsection (2) has effect only for the performance of functions and 27 the exercise of powers and jurisdiction by the person during the period the 28 person purportedly held the office of clerk of the court at the place. 29 `(4) For subsection (1)(b) and to remove any doubt, it is declared that a 30 person who, immediately before the relevant day, held office as a clerk of 31 20 Section 22C (Appointment of clerks of the court)

 


 

s 69 37 s 70 Courts Reform Amendment the court at a place within the metropolitan district is taken to have continued 1 to hold office as a clerk of the court for the place after the relevant day 2 despite the amendments of the Decentralisation of Magistrates Courts Act 3 1965 made by the Justice Legislation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1992. 4 `(5) For subsection (1)(c) and to remove any doubt, it is declared that a 5 purported appointment by the Governor in Council, on or after the relevant 6 day, of a person as a clerk of the court at a place within the metropolitan 7 district is taken to be, and to always have been, valid. 8 `(6) This section does not limit section 274. 9 `(7) In this section-- 10 "purported appointment" means a purported appointment made-- 11 (a) by the Governor in Council; or 12 (b) under an administrative or other arrangement of the State or a 13 department of the State. 14 "relevant day" means 14 August 1992. 15 `(8) This section expires the day after it commences.'. 16 ART 10--AMENDMENT OF LAW REFORM 17 P COMMISSION ACT 1968 18 amended in pt 10 19 Act Clause 69. This part amends the Law Reform Commission Act 1968. 20 of s 10 (Functions and duties of Commission) 21 Amendment Clause 70.(1) Section 10(2) to (5)-- 22 renumber as section 10(3) to (6). 23 (2) After section 10(1)-- 24 insert-- 25 `(2) To remove any doubt, it is declared that the law applicable to the 26

 


 

s 71 38 s 73 Courts Reform Amendment State includes both substantive law and procedural law, including, for 1 example, court rules.'. 2 PART 11--AMENDMENT OF MAGISTRATES 3 COURTS ACT 1921 4 amended in pt 11 5 Act Clause 71. This part amends the Magistrates Courts Act 1921. 6 of s 2 (Definitions) 7 Amendment Clause 72.(1) Section 2-- 8 insert-- 9 ` "approval", of a person as a mediator or case appraiser, means-- 10 (a) in the case of a mediator--approval under section 25;21 or 11 (b) in the case of a case appraiser--approval under section 26.22'. 12 (2) Section 2, definition "mediator", after `section 25'-- 13 insert-- 14 `or a mediator within the meaning of the Dispute Resolution Centres Act 15 1990'. 16 of ss 4-6 17 Amendment Clause 73. Sections 4, 5 and 6, `$40 000'-- 18 omit, insert-- 19 `$50 000'. 20 21 Section 25 (Approval of mediators) 22 Section 26 (Approval of case appraisers)

 


 

s 74 39 s 77 Courts Reform Amendment of s 27 (ADR register) 1 Amendment Clause 74. Section 27-- 2 insert-- 3 `(5) However, subsection (4) does not require the registrar to enter in the 4 register the name and address of, and the other information about, a 5 mediator under the Dispute Resolution Centres Act 1990.'. 6 of s 29 (Court may consider and order reference to ADR 7 Amendment process) 8 Clause 75. Section 29-- 9 insert-- 10 `(4) If the court decides to refer the dispute to a mediator under the 11 Dispute Resolution Centres Act 1990, it is sufficient if the order appoints 12 the director of a specified dispute resolution centre as mediator.'. 13 of pt 9 (Transitional and savings) 14 Amendment Clause 76. Part 9, heading-- 15 omit, insert-- 16 `PART 9--VALIDATIONS, SAVINGS AND 17 TRANSITIONAL'. 18 of new s 61 19 Insertion Clause 77. After section 60-- 20 insert-- 21 of registrar's duties by deputy registrars at 22 `Validation--exercise certain places 23 `61.(1) This section applies if the powers and authorities and jurisdiction 24 conferred and the duties imposed on the registrar ("registrar's official 25 duties") by the Magistrates Courts Rules 1960 have been exercised or 26 performed by a deputy registrar at a place outside Brisbane that has not been 27 appointed by the Minister under the Magistrates Courts Rules 1960, 28

 


 

s 78 40 s 78 Courts Reform Amendment section 301(1). 1 `(2) The exercise or performance, before the commencement of this 2 section, of the registrar's official duties by a deputy registrar at the place is 3 taken to have been as validly exercised or performed by the deputy registrar 4 as it would be if the place had been appointed by the Minister under the 5 Magistrates Courts Rules 1960, section 301(1). 6 `(3) This section expires the day after it commences. 7 deputy registrars 8 `Validation--acting `62.(1) This section applies to the performance of a function or the 9 exercise of a power or jurisdiction on or after 1 January 1990 that, under 10 this Act or another Act or law, may be performed or exercised by a deputy 11 registrar. 12 `(2) The performance of the function or the exercise of the power or 13 jurisdiction by a person under the authority of an administrative or other 14 arrangement of the State or a department of the State to perform the 15 functions and exercise the powers and jurisdiction of a deputy registrar, is 16 taken to have been as validly performed or exercised as it would have been 17 if the person had been appointed a deputy registrar under the Magistrates 18 Courts Rules 1960, section 301.23 19 `(3) This section expires the day after it commences.'. 20 PART 12--AMENDMENT OF SUPREME COURT ACT 21 1995 22 amended in pt 12 23 Act Clause 78. This part amends the Supreme Court Act 1995. 24 23 Section 301 (Deputy registrar)

 


 

s 79 41 s 82 Courts Reform Amendment of s 215 (Sheriff's recognisances) 1 Omission Clause 79. Section 215-- 2 omit. 3 of s 232 (Governor may appoint high bailiffs or bailiffs 4 Amendment when necessary) 5 Clause 80. Section 232, from `and every person'-- 6 omit. 7 of s 238 (Duties and status of northern sheriff defined) 8 Amendment Clause 81.(1) Section 238, heading-- 9 omit, insert-- 10 `Jurisdiction and accountability of sheriff'. 11 (2) Section 238(2), (3) and (4)-- 12 omit. 13 (3) Section 238(5), `northern sheriff'-- 14 omit, insert-- 15 `central, northern or far northern sheriff'. 16 (4) Section 238(5)-- 17 renumber as subsection (2). 18 of s 266 (Definitions for pt 16) 19 Amendment Clause 82.(1) Section 266, definitions "central district", "northern district", 20 "the Central Court" and "the Northern Court"-- 21 omit. 22 (2) Section 266-- 23 insert-- 24 ` "Central Court" means the court as held within the central district as 25 provided by this part. 26

 


 

s 83 42 s 84 Courts Reform Amendment "Far Northern Court" means the court as held within the far northern 1 district as provided by this part. 2 "Northern Court" means the court as held within the northern district as 3 provided by this part.'. 4 of new s 266A 5 Insertion Clause 83. After section 266-- 6 insert-- 7 northern and far northern districts 8 `Central, `266A.(1) The central district of the Supreme Court is the part of the 9 State comprised within the boundaries described in schedule 1. 10 `(2) The northern district of the Supreme Court is the part of the State 11 comprised within the boundaries described in schedule 2. 12 `(3) The far northern district of the Supreme Court is the part of the State 13 comprised within the boundaries described in schedule 3.24'. 14 of s 267 (Sittings in central and northern districts) 15 Amendment Clause 84.(1) Section 267, heading-- 16 omit, insert-- 17 `Sittings in central, northern and far northern districts'. 18 (2) Section 267(1), `central district and northern district respectively'-- 19 omit, insert-- 20 `central district, northern district and far northern district'. 21 (3) Section 267(2), `Central Court and the Northern Court'-- 22 omit, insert-- 23 `Central Court, Northern Court and Far Northern Court'. 24 (4) Section 267(2), `central district or the northern district'-- 25 24 There are references to Supreme Court districts in various Acts. See, for example, the Bills of Sale and Other Instruments Act 1955.

 


 

s 85 43 s 86 Courts Reform Amendment omit, insert-- 1 `central, northern or far northern district'. 2 (5) Section 267(2), `holden at Rockhampton and Townsville 3 respectively'-- 4 omit, insert-- 5 `held at Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns respectively'. 6 of s 268 (Jurisdiction etc. of judges sitting in Central and 7 Amendment Northern Courts) 8 Clause 85.(1) Section 268, heading-- 9 omit, insert-- 10 `Jurisdiction etc. of judges sitting in Central, Northern and Far 11 Northern Courts'. 12 (2) Section 268, `Central Court and Northern Court'-- 13 omit, insert-- 14 `Central Court, Northern Court and Far Northern Court'. 15 (3) Section 268, `central district and northern district'-- 16 omit, insert-- 17 `central district, northern district and far northern district'. 18 of s 269 (Central and northern judges) 19 Replacement Clause 86. Section 269-- 20 omit, insert-- 21 `Central, northern and far northern judges 22 `269.(1) One of the judges of the court must be called `the central judge', 23 and must be designated as the central judge in the judge's commission of 24 appointment as a judge. 25 `(2) One of the judges of the court must be called `the northern judge', 26 and must be designated as the northern judge in the judge's commission of 27 appointment as a judge. 28

 


 

s 87 44 s 89 Courts Reform Amendment `(3) One of the judges of the court must be called `the far northern 1 judge', and must be designated as the far northern judge in the judge's 2 commission of appointment as a judge. 3 `(4) The northern judge or another judge may act as the far northern 4 judge until the appointment of the far northern judge.'. 5 of s 270 (Transfer of judge) 6 Amendment Clause 87. Section 270, from `may at any time'-- 7 omit, insert-- 8 `may-- 9 (a) in the event of a vacancy, appoint-- 10 (i) the far northern judge to be the northern judge or the central 11 judge; or 12 (ii) the northern judge to be the central judge or the far northern 13 judge; or 14 (iii) the central judge to be the northern judge or the far northern 15 judge, or 16 (iv) a judge at Brisbane to be the central judge, northern judge or 17 far northern judge; or 18 (b) transfer the central judge, the northern judge or the far northern 19 judge to the Supreme Court at Brisbane.'. 20 of s 271 (Central judge and northern judge defined) 21 Omission Clause 88. Section 271-- 22 omit. 23 of s 272 (General jurisdiction of central judge and 24 Amendment northern judge) 25 Clause 89.(1) Section 272, heading-- 26 omit, insert-- 27

 


 

s 90 45 s 91 Courts Reform Amendment `General jurisdiction of central judge, northern judge and far 1 northern judge'. 2 (2) Section 272, `and by the northern judge within the northern 3 district'-- 4 omit, insert-- 5 `by the northern judge within the northern district, and by the far northern 6 judge within the far northern district'. 7 of s 273 (Officers may be appointed) 8 Amendment Clause 90.(1) Section 273(1), `Central Court and of the Northern Court'-- 9 omit, insert-- 10 `Central, Northern and Far Northern Courts'. 11 (2) Section 273(2), `central district or the northern district'-- 12 omit, insert-- 13 `central, northern or far northern district'. 14 (3) Section 273(3)-- 15 omit, insert-- 16 `(3) The person appointed to perform the duties of sheriff is to be 17 called-- 18 (a) for the Central Court--the central sheriff; and 19 (b) for the Northern Court--the northern sheriff; and 20 (c) for the Far Northern Court--the far northern sheriff.'. 21 of new s 273A 22 Insertion Clause 91. After section 273-- 23 insert-- 24 and status of central, northern and far northern sheriffs 25 `Duties `273A.(1) The central sheriff, the northern sheriff and the far northern 26 sheriff are deputies of the sheriff of Queensland for the execution of all 27

 


 

s 92 46 s 93 Courts Reform Amendment writs, summonses, rules, orders, warrants, precepts, commands and 1 processes of the court that are to be executed within their respective districts. 2 `(2) A writ, summons, rule, order, warrant, precept, command or 3 process of the court wherever it is to be executed must be directed to the 4 sheriff of Queensland. 5 `(3) For the purpose of deciding any question of priority between writs 6 of execution or other process, the office of the sheriff at Brisbane and the 7 offices of the central sheriff, northern sheriff and far northern sheriff are 8 taken to be the same office.'. 9 of s 274 (Causes may be transferred) 10 Amendment Clause 92. Section 274, `, or in the Central Court, or in the Northern Court'-- 11 omit, insert-- 12 `or in the Central, Northern or Far Northern Court'. 13 of s 275 (Construction of Acts in which Brisbane is 14 Amendment mentioned) 15 Clause 93.(1) Section 275, `or the word `Bowen' '-- 16 omit. 17 (2) Section 275, `or Bowen'-- 18 omit. 19 (3) Section 275, `Central Court or of the Northern Court'-- 20 omit, insert-- 21 `Central, Northern or Far Northern Court'. 22 (4) Section 275, `or the word `Townsville' '-- 23 omit, insert-- 24 `or `Townsville' or `Cairns' '. 25 (5) Section 275, `therein respectively'-- 26 omit. 27

 


 

s 94 47 s 96 Courts Reform Amendment of s 276 (Process where returnable) 1 Amendment Clause 94.(1) Section 276-- 2 insert-- 3 `(2A) A writ or other process issued out of the Far Northern Court is 4 returnable in the Far Northern Court.'. 5 (2) Section 276(4)-- 6 omit. 7 (3) Section 276(2A) and (3)-- 8 renumber as section 276(3) and (4). 9 of s 277 (Performance of duties of registrar within 10 Amendment central and northern districts) 11 Clause 95.(1) Section 277, `the central district or within the northern district'-- 12 omit, insert-- 13 `the central, northern or far northern district,'. 14 (2) Section 277, `Central Court or Northern Court'-- 15 omit, insert-- 16 `Central, Northern or Far Northern Court'. 17 of new s 277A 18 Insertion Clause 96. Part 16, after section 277-- 19 insert-- 20 to northern district and Northern Court 21 `Transitional--references `277A.(1) This section applies if, under an Act as in force immediately 22 before the commencement of this section, a thing is required or permitted to 23 be done in the northern district or the Northern Court. 24 `(2) The thing may be done in the far northern district or Far Northern 25 Court if, having regard to the place where the thing happens or some other 26 relevant factor, it is more appropriate for the thing to be done in the far 27 northern district or Far Northern Court.'. 28

 


 

s 97 48 s 100 Courts Reform Amendment of pt 17 (Provisions from Supreme Court Act 1899) 1 Omission Clause 97. Part 17-- 2 omit. 3 of s 287 (District sittings are Circuit Courts) 4 Amendment Clause 98.(1) Section 287(3), before `northern judge'-- 5 insert-- 6 `far northern judge,'. 7 (2) Section 287(3), before `northern district'-- 8 insert-- 9 `far northern district,'. 10 (3) Section 287(5), definition "sheriff", `central district or the northern 11 district, means the central sheriff or the northern sheriff'-- 12 omit, insert-- 13 `central district, northern district or the far northern district, means the 14 central sheriff, northern sheriff or the far northern sheriff'. 15 of sch 2 16 Amendment Clause 99. Schedule 2, at the end-- 17 insert-- 18 `However, after the commencement of the Courts Reform Amendment 19 Act 1997, section 82,25 the northern district does not include any part of the 20 State comprised within the boundaries of the far northern district.'. 21 of new sch 3 22 Insertion Clause 100. After schedule 2-- 23 insert-- 24 25 Section 82 (Amendment of s 266 (Definitions for pt 16))

 


 

s 101 49 s 103 Courts Reform Amendment `SCHEDULE 3 1 AR NORTHERN DISTRICT 2 `F section 266A 3 `The far northern district comprises the part of the State within the 4 boundaries of the Supreme Court district containing Cairns as constituted 5 from time to time under part 19.26'. 6 PART 13--AMENDMENT OF SUPREME COURT OF 7 QUEENSLAND ACT 1991 8 amended in pt 13 9 Act Clause 101. This part amends the Supreme Court of Queensland Act 1991. 10 of title 11 Amendment Clause 102. Title, `and the Litigation Reform Commission'-- 12 omit. 13 of s 2 (Definitions) 14 Amendment Clause 103.(1) Section 2, definitions "commission" and "precincts"-- 15 omit. 16 (2) Section 2-- 17 insert-- 18 ` "approval", of a person as a mediator or case appraiser, means-- 19 26 Part 19 (Provisions from Supreme Court Act 1921)

 


 

s 104 50 s 106 Courts Reform Amendment (a) in the case of a mediator--approval under section 98;27 or 1 (b) in the case of a case appraiser--approval under section 99.28 2 "Supreme Court precincts" means any land or building, or the part of any 3 land or building, used for the purposes of the court.'. 4 (3) Section 2, definition "mediator", after `section 98'-- 5 insert-- 6 `or a mediator within the meaning of the Dispute Resolution Centres Act 7 1990'. 8 (4) Section 2, definition "rules", from `, the Trial Division'-- 9 omit, insert-- 10 `and the Trial Division.'. 11 of s 5 (Interpretation--control and management of 12 Omission precincts) 13 Clause 104. Section 5-- 14 omit. 15 of s 10 (Existing judges etc.) 16 Omission Clause 105. Section 10-- 17 omit. 18 of s 11 (Composition of court) 19 Amendment Clause 106. Section 11, `senior judges and'-- 20 omit. 21 27 Section 98 (Approval of mediators) 28 Section 99 (Appeal of case appraisers)

 


 

s 107 51 s 110 Courts Reform Amendment of new s 13A 1 Insertion Clause 107. After section 13-- 2 insert-- 3 responsibility of Chief Justice 4 `Administrative `13A.(1) Without limiting the responsibilities, functions or powers of the 5 Chief Justice, the Chief Justice, subject to this Act, is responsible for the 6 administration of the Supreme Court and its divisions and the orderly and 7 expeditious exercise of the court's jurisdiction and power. 8 `(2) Subject to this Act, the Chief Justice has power to do all things 9 necessary or convenient to be done to perform responsibilities under 10 subsection (1).'. 11 of s 14 (Acting judges) 12 Amendment Clause 108.(1) Section 14(1), `and Senior Judge Administrator'-- 13 omit. 14 (2) Section 14(2), `If the Senior Judge Administrator, after consultation 15 with the Chief Justice,'-- 16 omit, insert-- 17 `If the Chief Justice'. 18 of s 16 (Divisions of court etc.) 19 Amendment Clause 109. Section 16(2), from `subject to'-- 20 omit. 21 of ss 17-20 22 Omission Clause 110. Sections 17 to 20-- 23 omit. 24

 


 

s 111 52 s 115 Courts Reform Amendment of s 21 (Seniority) 1 Amendment Clause 111.(1) Section 21(6) and (7)-- 2 omit. 3 (2) Section 21(10), `subsections (8) and (9)'-- 4 omit, insert-- 5 `subsections (6) and (7)'. 6 (3) Section 21(10), `or a senior judge'-- 7 omit. 8 (4) Section 21(8) to (10), as amended by this Act-- 9 renumber as section 21(6) to (8). 10 of s 22 (Accepting and holding of other public offices) 11 Amendment Clause 112. Section 22(2)(b), after `that office'-- 12 insert-- 13 `, or the conditions on which it is held,'. 14 of s 23 (Retirement of judges) 15 Amendment Clause 113. Section 23(3)-- 16 omit. 17 of s 24 (Leave of absence) 18 Omission Clause 114. Section 24-- 19 omit. 20 of s 26 (Temporary judicial office holders) 21 Amendment Clause 115.(1) Section 26(3) and (4)-- 22 omit. 23

 


 

s 116 53 s 118 Courts Reform Amendment (2) Section 26(5) to (8)-- 1 renumber as section 26(3) to (6). 2 of s 30 (Way in which court may be constituted) 3 Amendment Clause 116. Section 30(4), `made under section 32'-- 4 omit. 5 of s 32 (Arrangement of business of Court of Appeal) 6 Amendment Clause 117.(1) Section 32(1), from `The President' to `responsible'-- 7 omit, insert-- 8 `Subject to section 13A, the President of the Court of Appeal is 9 responsible for the administration of the Court of Appeal and'. 10 (2) Section 32(2), from `and to such consultation' to `practicable'-- 11 omit. 12 (3) Section 32(2), from `, including, for example'-- 13 omit. 14 (4) Section 32(3), (4) and (5)-- 15 omit. 16 of new s 32A 17 Insertion Clause 118. Part 3, division 1, after section 32-- 18 insert-- 19 report 20 `Annual `32A.(1) As soon as practicable after the end of each financial year, but 21 within 2 months after the end of the financial year, the President of the 22 Court of Appeal must prepare and give to the Chief Justice a written report 23 about the operation of the Court of Appeal during the year. 24

 


 

s 119 54 s 122 Courts Reform Amendment `(2) The report must be prepared in consultation with the other judges of 1 appeal, other than the judges of appeal who are absent from duty or 2 otherwise unavailable.'. 3 of s 34 (Judge of appeal continues to be judge) 4 Amendment Clause 119. Section 34, from `President'-- 5 omit, insert-- 6 `Chief Justice, sit as, and exercise any of the powers of, a judge in the 7 Trial Division'. 8 of s 36 (Appointment of President) 9 Amendment Clause 120. Section 36-- 10 insert-- 11 `(3) To remove any doubt, it is declared that the Governor in Council 12 may act under section 33 and this section to appoint a judge, or a person 13 qualified to be appointed as a judge, to be the President of the Court of 14 Appeal.'. 15 of s 38 (Holding office as Chief Justice and President) 16 Omission Clause 121. Section 38-- 17 omit. 18 of s 39 (Additional judges of appeal) 19 Amendment Clause 122.(1) Section 39(1), `and President of the Court of Appeal'-- 20 omit. 21 (2) Section 39(2) and (3)-- 22 omit, insert-- 23 `(2) A judge who is willing to act as an additional judge of appeal for a 24 particular period, or for the purposes of a particular proceeding, may so act 25 if the Chief Justice directs it.'. 26

 


 

s 123 55 s 127 Courts Reform Amendment (3) Section 39(4) to (7)-- 1 renumber as section 39(3) to (6). 2 of s 43 (Powers of judge of appeal) 3 Amendment Clause 123. Section 43(1)(b), `made under section 32'-- 4 omit, insert-- 5 `about the practices and procedures of the Court of Appeal'. 6 of new s 44A 7 Insertion Clause 124. After section 44-- 8 insert-- 9 of new judges of appeal after Courts Reform 10 `Remuneration Amendment Act 1997 11 `44A. Under section 44, the remuneration and conditions of a judge of 12 appeal, other than the President of the Court of Appeal, appointed after the 13 commencement of this section are to be the same as the remuneration and 14 conditions of a judge of the Trial Division.'. 15 of pt 3, div 3 (Management of the Court of Appeal) 16 Omission Clause 125. Part 3, division 3-- 17 omit. 18 of pt 4, div 2, heading (Senior Judge Administrator, 19 Amendment senior judges and other judges) 20 Clause 126. Part 4, division 2, heading, `, senior judges'-- 21 omit. 22 of s 57 (Appointment of Senior Judge Administrator) 23 Amendment Clause 127.(1) Section 57(1)-- 24

 


 

s 128 56 s 129 Courts Reform Amendment omit. 1 (2) Section 57(2) to (4)-- 2 renumber as section 57(1) to (3). 3 of s 60 (Arrangement of business of Trial Division) 4 Amendment Clause 128.(1) Section 60(1), `The'-- 5 omit, insert-- 6 `Subject to section 13A, the'. 7 (2) Section 60(2), `and to consultation with the Chief Justice'-- 8 omit. 9 (3) Section 60(2), from `, including, for example'-- 10 omit. 11 (4) Section 60(3)-- 12 omit. 13 of ss 61-67 14 Replacement Clause 129. Sections 61 to 67-- 15 omit, insert-- 16 report 17 `Annual `61.(1) As soon as practicable after the end of each financial year, but 18 within 2 months after the end of the financial year, the Senior Judge 19 Administrator must prepare and give to the Chief Justice a written report 20 about the operation of the Trial Division during the year. 21 `(2) The report must be prepared in consultation with the other judges of 22 the Trial Division, other than the judges who are absent from duty or 23 otherwise unavailable.'. 24

 


 

s 130 57 s 130 Courts Reform Amendment of s 68 (Removal and remission) 1 Amendment Clause 130.(1) Section 68(1), `the Trial Division,'-- 2 omit, insert-- 3 `another court,'. 4 (2) Section 68(1)(a) and (d), `Trial Division'-- 5 omit, insert-- 6 `other court'. 7 (3) Section 68(2), `the Trial Division--'-- 8 omit, insert-- 9 `another court--'. 10 (4) Section 68(2)(b) and (c), `Trial Division'-- 11 omit, insert-- 12 `other court'. 13 (5) Section 68(3), `the Trial Division'-- 14 omit, insert-- 15 `another court'. 16 (6) Section 68(4), `Trial Division'-- 17 omit, insert-- 18 `other court'. 19 (7) Section 68(5), from `the Trial Division)' to `the Trial Division'-- 20 omit, insert-- 21 `another court), is started in the other court'. 22 (8) Section 68(7)-- 23 omit, insert-- 24 `(7) In this section-- 25 "another court" means the Trial Division or a District Court.'. 26

 


 

s 131 58 s 135 Courts Reform Amendment of s 69 (Appeal in proceedings in the court) 1 Amendment Clause 131.(1) Section 69(1)(b)(iii), after `Trial Division'-- 2 insert-- 3 `or a District Court'. 4 (2) Section 69(2), `made under section 32'-- 5 omit. 6 of pt 7 (Litigation Reform Commission) 7 Omission Clause 132. Part 7-- 8 omit. 9 of s 98 (Approval of mediators) 10 Amendment Clause 133. Section 98, `in consultation with'-- 11 omit, insert-- 12 `subject to the direction of'. 13 of s 99 (Approval of case appraisers) 14 Amendment Clause 134. Section 99, `in consultation with'-- 15 omit, insert-- 16 `subject to the direction of'. 17 of s 100 (ADR register) 18 Amendment Clause 135.(1) Section 100(4)(c), after `Administrator'-- 19 insert-- 20 `and agreed to by the Chief Justice'. 21 (2) Section 100-- 22 insert-- 23 `(5) However, subsection (4) does not require the registrar to enter in the 24

 


 

s 136 59 s 138 Courts Reform Amendment register the name and address of, and the other information about, a 1 mediator under the Dispute Resolution Centres Act 1990.'. 2 of s 102 (Court may consider and order reference to 3 Amendment ADR process) 4 Clause 136. Section 102-- 5 insert-- 6 `(4) If the court decides to refer the dispute to a mediator under the 7 Dispute Resolution Centres Act 1990, it is sufficient if the order appoints 8 the director of a specified dispute resolution centre as mediator.'. 9 of s 115 (Revocation of approval as mediator or case 10 Amendment appraiser) 11 Clause 137. Section 115(1), `in consultation with'-- 12 omit, insert-- 13 `subject to the direction of'. 14 of s 116C (Use of video link facilities in proceedings) 15 Amendment Clause 138.(1) Section 116C(1)(b)-- 16 omit, insert-- 17 `(b) the proceeding is-- 18 (i) about an offence with which the detainee is charged, 19 including a proceeding for the detainee's bail or remand; or 20 (ii) an appeal under the District Courts Act 1967, section 11829 21 or the Criminal Code, chapter 6730 in relation to an offence 22 of which the detainee has been convicted ("appeal 23 proceeding"); and'. 24 29 Section 118 (Appeal to the Court of Appeal in certain cases) 30 Chapter 67 (Appeal--Pardon)

 


 

s 139 60 s 140 Courts Reform Amendment (2) Section 116C(2) and (3), after `remand'-- 1 insert-- 2 `or an appeal proceeding'. 3 of s 117 (Rule making power) 4 Amendment Clause 139.(1) Section 117(4)-- 5 omit. 6 (2) Section 117(5)-- 7 renumber as section 117(4). 8 of new ss 119A-119C 9 Insertion Clause 140. After section 119-- 10 insert-- 11 Court precincts 12 `Supreme `119A. Subject to this Act, the Chief Justice has power to do all things 13 necessary or convenient to be done for the control and management of the 14 Supreme Court precincts, including power to obtain, grant, prohibit or limit 15 access to and from the precincts or part of the precincts. 16 report 17 `Annual `119B.(1) As soon as practicable after the end of each financial year, but 18 within 4 months after the end of the financial year, the Chief Justice must 19 prepare and give to the Minister a written report about the operation of the 20 Supreme Court during the year. 21 `(2) The Minister must table a copy of the report in the Legislative 22 Assembly within 14 sitting days after receiving the report. 23 and staffing of court 24 `Finances `119C.(1) The court is part of the department for the purposes of the 25 Financial Administration and Audit Act 1977. 26

 


 

s 141 61 s 143 Courts Reform Amendment `(2) The staff of the court (other than the judges' associates) are to be 1 appointed under the Public Service Act 1996.'. 2 of new s 127 3 Insertion Clause 141. After section 126-- 4 insert-- 5 provisions for Courts Reform Amendment Act 1997 6 `Transitional `127.(1) A rule in force immediately before the commencement of this 7 section that was made under section 32, as in force immediately before the 8 commencement, is taken to be made under section 117. 9 `(2) Despite the Legislative Standards Act 1992, section 9A, the 10 Parliamentary Counsel and any member of the Office of the Queensland 11 Parliamentary Counsel is to disclose to an officer of the department or the 12 Law Reform Commission instructions from the Litigation Reform 13 Commission for the drafting of court rules not completed at the time of the 14 commission's abolition to enable the preparation of the rules of court to 15 continue.'. 16 ART 14--AMENDMENT OF CRIMINAL LAW 17 P AMENDMENT ACT 1997 18 amended in pt 14 19 Act Clause 142. This part amends the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1997. 20 of sch 2 (Other Acts amended) 21 Amendment Clause 143.(1) Schedule 2, amendments of Justices Act 1886, item 4-- 22 omit, insert-- 23 `4. Section 147A(1)-- 24 omit, insert-- 25

 


 

s 143 62 s 143 Courts Reform Amendment `(1) This section does not apply to an error in a sentence, or to an error 1 consisting of a failure to impose a sentence, for which a court may reopen a 2 proceeding under the Penalties and Sentences Act 1988, section 188.'. 3 `5. Section 147A(5), `(1) or'-- 4 omit. 5 `6. Section 147A(6)-- 6 omit.'. 7 (2) Schedule 2, amendments of Juvenile Justice Act 1992, after item 1-- 8 insert-- 9 `2. Section 98(3)-- 10 omit. 11 `3. Section 98(4)-- 12 renumber as section 98(3). 13 (3) Schedule 2, amendments of Juvenile Justice Act 1992, item 2, from 14 `2. Section 98' to ` `98.(1)'-- 15 omit, insert-- 16 `4. After section 98-- 17 insert-- 18 `Court may reopen sentencing proceedings 19 `98A.(1)'. 20 21

 


 

63 Courts Reform Amendment CHEDULE 1 S CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS 2 section 3 3 ILLS OF SALE AND OTHER INSTRUMENTS ACT 4 B 1955 5 1. Section 6(1), definitions "Central District", "Northern District", 6 "office of the registrar" and "Southern District"-- 7 omit. 8 2. Section 6(1)-- 9 insert-- 10 ` "central district" means the central district of the Supreme Court.31'. 11 3. Section 6(1)-- 12 insert-- 13 ` "far northern district" means the far northern district of the Supreme 14 Court.32 15 "northern district" means the northern district of the Supreme Court.33 16 "office of the registrar" means-- 17 (a) for the central district--the office of the registrar of the Supreme 18 Court at Rockhampton; and 19 31 The central district is declared under the Supreme Court Act 1995, section 266A. 32 The far northern district is declared under the Supreme Court Act 1995, section 266A. 33 The northern district is declared under the Supreme Court Act 1995, section 266A.

 


 

64 Courts Reform Amendment (b) for the far northern district--the office of the registrar of the 1 Supreme Court at Cairns; and 2 (c) for the northern district--the office of the registrar of the 3 Supreme Court at Townsville; and 4 (d) for the southern district--the office of the department at Brisbane. 5 "southern district" means the part of the State not included in the central, 6 northern or far northern district.'. 7 4. Section 9(1)(a) to (c)-- 8 omit, insert-- 9 `(a) in the far northern district; or 10 (b) in the northern district; or 11 (c) in the central district; or 12 (d) in the southern district;'. 13 CHARITABLE FUNDS ACT 1958 14 1. Section 2-- 15 insert-- 16 ` "central district" means the central district of the Supreme Court.34 17 "far northern district" means the far northern district of the Supreme 18 Court.35 19 "northern district" means the northern district of the Supreme Court.36'. 20 34 The central district is declared under the Supreme Court Act 1995, section 266A. 35 The far northern district is declared under the Supreme Court Act 1995, section 266A. 36 The northern district is declared under the Supreme Court Act 1995, section 266A.

 


 

65 Courts Reform Amendment 2. Section 8(3), `Rockhampton or Townsville'-- 1 omit, insert-- 2 `Rockhampton, Townsville or Cairns'. 3 3. Section 8(3), from `Central District' to `1900' (second mention)-- 4 omit, insert-- 5 `central, northern or far northern district'. 6 ISTRICT COURTS ACT 1967 7 D 1. Section 111-- 8 insert-- 9 ` "far northern district" means the far northern district of the Supreme 10 Court.'. 11 2. Section 116(4), definition "district", paragraphs (a) to (c)-- 12 omit, insert-- 13 `(a) the far northern district; or 14 (b) the northern district; or 15 (c) the central district; or 16 (d) the southern district.37'. 17 3. Section 116(4), definition "southern district", `northern or central 18 district'-- 19 omit, insert-- 20 `central, northern or far northern district'. 21 37 The far northern, northern and central districts of the Supreme Court are declared under the Supreme Court Act 1995, section 266A.

 


 

66 Courts Reform Amendment JUSTICES ACT 1886 1 1. Section 126(1)(a), `northern district'-- 2 omit, insert-- 3 `northern or far northern district'. 4 2. Section 126(2)-- 5 omit, insert-- 6 `(2) In this section-- 7 ` "far northern district" means the far northern district of the Supreme 8 Court.38 9 "northern district" means the northern district of the Supreme Court.'. 10 IENS ON CROPS OF SUGAR CANE ACT 1931 11 L 1. Section 1, heading `and commencement'-- 12 omit. 13 2. Section 1, after `1931'-- 14 omit. 15 3. Section 2, definitions "Central District", "Northern District" and 16 "Southern District"-- 17 omit. 18 38 The far northern district is declared under the Supreme Court Act 1995, section 266A.

 


 

67 Courts Reform Amendment 4. Section 2-- 1 insert-- 2 ` "central district" means the central district of the Supreme Court.39 3 "far northern district" means the far northern district of the Supreme 4 Court.40 5 "northern district" means the northern district of the Supreme Court.41 6 "southern district" means the part of the State not included in the central, 7 northern or far northern district.'. 8 5. Section 18(2)(a) to (c)-- 9 omit, insert-- 10 `(a) in the far northern district; or 11 (b) in the northern district; or 12 (c) in the central district; or 13 (d) in the southern district;'. 14 15 State of Queensland 1997 39 The central district is declared under the Supreme Court Act 1995, section 266A. 40 The far northern district is declared under the Supreme Court Act 1995, section 266A. 41 The northern district is declared under the Supreme Court Act 1995, section 266A.

 


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