Childrens Court

In Queensland, matters involving children are dealt with in either a special Magistrates Court or the District Court, depending on the type of matter:

  • Magistrates Court matters involving juveniles are dealt with in a special court known as Childrens Court.
  • The Childrens Court of Queensland (CCQ) is a special form of District Court that deals with all juveniles who commit serious criminal offences.

Important note

The Childrens Court is different to the Family Court of Australia. The Family Court is a federal court, dealing with other family-related proceedings such as custody issues between parents, while the Childrens Court is a state court.

Find out how matters involving juveniles are dealt with by the courts.

Changes for 17 year-olds

About Childrens Court (Magistrates Court)

About Childrens Court of Queensland (District Court)

Going to court as a child

Child protection proceedings


Practice directions

Resources and legislation