Report court incidents and seized items
All incidents in the court, and seized or confiscated items, must be reported promptly via this online form. We need this information to assess risks to court operations and improve courthouse security.
Use the form to report all security incidents, and items seized or confiscated, at Brisbane CBD, Redcliffe, Richlands, and Rockhampton courts. (In other regional courthouses, report to the registrar who will notify the regional director.)
Your report will be sent to the security manager and distributed to the relevant senior manager(s) for analysis. We’ll contact you if we need more information.
Note: If the incident results in physical or psychological injury to a person, or damage to court property, you’ll need to complete either a work health & safety incident report (DOCX, 435KB) or building fault or hazard form. as well.
If this applies, at the end of this form you’ll be directed to complete the additional form.
Reporting time frames
Incidents: Report as soon as possible—and no later than 24 hours after the incident.
Seized or confiscated items: Make notes and report at the end of your shift unless police are involved. If you hand a seized item to the police, report immediately after that.
Who completes the form
Reporting incidents: Court staff, security officers, judicial officers, legal professionals and organisations that work in Brisbane CBD, Redcliffe, Richlands and Rockhampton court buildings. (Other people who attend the courts should report incidents to a security officer or the registrar.)
The person who responded to or resolved the incident must complete the form. Witnesses or people involved in the incident can give a written statement for uploading with the report.
Reporting seized items: Court security officers only.
Reporting an incident
An incident is an event that has, or could have, negative consequences for people, property and/or the environment. If you’re involved in an incident, witness concerning behaviour, or become aware of a threat or potential risk to the Queensland courts, report it to court security, a registrar, manager or staff member promptly.
Types of incidents to report
A reportable incident is any incident that involves court security, emergency services or a manager, including an incident that:
- threatens someone’s safety
- disrupts court or registry operations
- could lead to a complaint being made
- could embarrass Queensland Courts or the Department of Justice and Attorney-General
- could generate media attention
- requires emergency services, an ambulance or the police to attend.
You must also report certain incidents to police: any unlawful security incident in the court, such as assault, weapons, illegal drugs or property theft.
What to do
- Ensure the incident has been managed.
- Write down the incident details, including the name and contact details of people involved and why they were in the building.
- Collect evidence to support your report, such as photos, witness statements including descriptions of people involved and contact details of witnesses who can provide statements or injury reports).
- Then complete the online form.
Reporting seized items
Security officers will temporarily confiscate or permanently seize any prohibited or illegal items brought to the courthouse.
They must record the items in a seized items register, and report any prohibited items they seize or confiscate to the courthouse manager and security manager.
Types of seized items
Court security officers might seize prohibited items such as:
- weapons or ammunition (including blades and chains)
- illicit drugs or needles
- household tools
- motorcycle helmets
- toxic or flammable liquids.
This is not a complete list of prohibited items.
Under the Weapons Act, security officers must also report the seizure of these items to police:
- body armour
- knives, including ballistic knife, butterfly knife, credit card knife, flick knife, key knives, push knife, sheath knife, star knife, trench knife.
What to do
Ideally, report items together at the end of your shift, though you can report items individually if necessary.
Note the details of:
- the type of item seized
- the area where it was seized
- the time it was seized
- the name of the person you took it from
- the date of birth of the person you took it from
- the person’s reason for being in the building
- what you did with the item (e.g. disposed of it)
- whether the police were called and if they attended.
Provide evidence of any item handed to the police, such as photos, witness statements, contact details of witnesses or injury reports. Then complete the online form.
If you have questions, contact the: