Consultation for the Criminal Procedure Review—Magistrates Courts

The Criminal Procedure Review—Magistrates Courts (the review) was established to undertake a comprehensive review of criminal procedure laws in Queensland’s Magistrates Courts and make recommendations for a new contemporary and effective legislative framework, to ultimately replace the Justices Act 1886. This is an historic review for the administration of justice in Queensland.

On 29 April 2022 a Consultation paper was released, asking a series of questions about the current criminal procedures in the Magistrates Courts, the way processes work and views on possible improvements. We are also looking into whether the Magistrates Court should change its name to the Local Court, and if magistrates should be called Local Court judges.

On 9 June 2022 a consultation video was released. This explained the review and some of the key issues and provided information about the consultation process. It also included questions about criminal procedures in the Magistrates Courts and how they can be improved.

Submissions in response to the consultation paper closed at 5pm on 30 June 2022.

On 11 August 2022 the Easy English paper about the review was released. This paper was specifically designed to broaden access to information about the review.

General submissions in response to the review closed at 5pm on 31 August 2022.

The consultation process has now been completed. We would like to thank everyone who made a submission to the review.


If you have any questions about the consultation, you can send an email to