The District Court is the second tier of the court system after the Magistrates Court.
The District Court deals with serious crimes, including armed robbery, rape and dangerous driving.
Under Queensland law, all criminal cases must first be brought to the Magistrates Court. Serious criminal offences such as these are committed to the District Court for trial or sentencing. Criminal trials in the District Court will involve a jury.
The District Court also deals with civil disputes between people and organisations involving amounts between $150,000 and $750,000.
Unlike a criminal case, a civil action can be commenced and heard in the District Court without first being heard in the Magistrates Court.
Most appeals against decisions made in the Magistrates Court are also heard in the District Court.