The Queensland Courts include:
These courts hear both civil and criminal cases. Civil cases are disputes between two or more parties (people or organisations) where one party sues the other, usually to obtain compensation for some harm that has been done or loss that has been sustained. These disputes may involve anything from defamation to outstanding debts and dog bites.
Criminal cases involve offences against the broader community and can range from littering to murder.
Magistrates Courts can hear cases in 131 locations throughout the state including:
- 79 Magistrates Courts registries
- 19 Queensland Government Agent Program (QGAP) centres (Department of Justice and Attorney-General as lead agent)
- four Department of Natural Resources and Mines offices and one Department of Transport and Main Roads office (delivering Department of Justice and Attorney-General services)
- 24 Indigenous communities.
The Supreme and District Courts sit in 11 and 38 locations respectively.
Judges also travel regularly throughout the state to hear cases in regional towns and remote areas.