The Supreme Court of Queensland has power to hear and decide cases originally brought before it. It also has the power to hear and decide cases brought before it on appeal. When it hears and decides cases on appeal, it has the power to conduct trial. This means that the Supreme Court of Queensland can receive evidence on issues brought before it.
An appeal can be taken on a question of law or a question of fact or a mixed question of both law and fact. When an appeal is taken on a question of fact or on a mixed question of law and fact, evidence may be introduced. It is the Trial Division of the Supreme Court of Queensland that hears the evidence. The Supreme Court originally sat in the city of Brisbane. It now sits in Rockhampton, Cairns and Townsville.
The Trial Division of the Supreme Court can also hear and decide criminal cases involving criminal charges which common law courts in England can hear and decide. Those criminal cases brought before the Supreme Court originally will have to be prosecuted in the name of the King or the Queen.
So if you see a case with a title such as Queen v. John Doe, this tells you three things: the case was filed originally with the Supreme Court upon an indictment; the criminal charge is a serious crime that can be tried under statute or common law; and that the criminal charge involves a penalty of imprisonment that exceeds fourteen years.
In trial proceedings before the Trial Division of the Supreme Court, there are also sitting juries who will hear the evidence. The procedure is similar to the jury trials before the District Courts and the only difference between the Supreme Court and the District Court are the seriousness of the crimes which can be heard before each one. The more serious crimes are heard before the Supreme Court.
Disclaimer : This article is just a summary of the subject matter being discussed and should not be regarded as a comprehensive legal advice for you to defend yourself alone. If you are charged with criminal offences, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance from criminal lawyers.