Queensland's courts include a range of courts, including the Magistrates Court, District Court and Supreme Court.
These courts hear civil and criminal cases:
- Civil cases are disputes between two or more parties (people or organisations) where one party sues the other, usually for compensation for harm done or loss sustained.
- Criminal cases involve offences against the broader community, ranging from littering to murder.
Magistrates Courts can hear cases in 131 locations throughout the state, while 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.