The main function of the criminal registry is to:
- receive documents for filing
- seal documents for service (such as subpoenas)
- maintain the courts’ records
- perform all necessary administrative work associated with the criminal jurisdictions of the Supreme and District Courts.
Criminal matters start with the presentation of an indictment and involve trials conducted by a judge and jury. An indictment is a document that sets out the offence that a defendant is alleged to have committed.
The criminal registry also:
- deals with warrants issued for criminal matters
- coordinates the referral of warrants to the Queensland Police Service for execution
- deals with other matters including sureties for bail.