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Childrens Court of Queensland

The Childrens Court of Queensland (CCQ) is a special form of District Court with no jury.

The CCQ:

  • handles serious crimes committed by juveniles under 17 years of age
  • can be held in any of Queensland’s District Courts
  • can deal with matters of child protection
  • does not deal with child custody cases. These are dealt with by the Federal Court of Australia.

If a juvenile commits a crime

If you commit an offence while under the age of 17 you will first appear in the Childrens Court—the special Magistrates Court which deals with minor offences. For serious criminal offences your case will then be referred by the Childrens Court to the CCQ, unless the magistrate orders the matter be dealt with in an adult court.

Matters are dealt with in a closed court. Only people directly related to the case (including your parents) can be present.

Members of the public are not usually allowed to be present. Your identity is always protected. It’s against the law to publish identifying information about you.


CCQ cases are heard by judges appointed from the District Court. Matters are heard under the guidelines set down in the Childrens Court Act 1992 and the Youth Justice Act 1992.

Child protection matters

The CCQ deals with appeals against child protection orders made by a magistrate.

In these cases, the court makes a decision to protect a child from harm.

Further information

Last updated
20 May 2014
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