Justices of the Peace (JPs) have been a part of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) in Brisbane, Ipswich, Maroochydore, Southport and Townsville since June 2013. The initiative allows for 2 JPs to constitute a tribunal to resolve minor civil disputes up to $5,000. There is a significant voluntary contribution of JPs in Queensland in the program. JPs involvement in the program means simple matters are dealt with quickly. This means that QCAT adjudicators and magistrates can focus on more complex matters.
Since 2013, QCAT JPs have heard over 12,600 matters across five sites.
At this year’s QJA State Conference you will hear about the program from the President of QCAT, Justice Martin Daubney, AM.
The Honourable Justice Martin Daubney AM, was appointed to the Supreme Court of Queensland on 13 July 2007, and as President of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal in October 2017. Justice Daubney’s appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the law, and to the judiciary, to education, and to the community was announced in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.