District Court Practice Direction 6/2013Practice Direction 6/2013 - Interest rates
Planning and Environment Court Practice Direction 5/2013Practice Direction 5/2013 - Notice of change of name
District Court Practice Direction 5/2013Practice Direction 5/2013 - Notice of change of name
Supreme Court Practice Direction 8/2013Practice Direction 8/2013 - Notice of change of name
To implement an agreement reached by representatives of all Australian jurisdictions, to establish nationally uniform interest rates the Chief Justice issued Practice Direction 07/2013 on 19 April 2013 that bases interest rates:
- For the registrar when entering default judgment under rule 283 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 at the Reserve Bank Cash rate as at 30 June and 31 December each year plus 4%.
- For a money order at the Reserve Bank Cash rate as at 30 June and 31 December each year plus 6%.
These rates are applicable in the Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts.
To assist litigants and registry staff calculate interest Queensland Courts have developed an on line interest calculator which can be used to calculate simple interest from 1 November 2000 only.
To expedite requests for default judgment and applications for enforcement hearing summons and enforcement warrants litigants are encouraged to print a report of the calculations and present it to the registrar with their documentation.
Magistrates Court Practice Direction 14/2013Practice Direction 14/2013 - Bail applications by remote communication device - Queensland Magistrates Courts
UCPR Form 106Version 3 of Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 - Form 106 is now available.
Notice - Consolidated RevenueMonies held in Court, which are now inactive after 6 years, are being transferred to Consolidated Revenue before the end of June 2013. For more information about this process, please refer to the Court Funds Regulations 2009. Please see Notice and List of these matters or contact the Registry Funds Officer on 07 3247 4420.
Jason Protheroe - ruling regarding issuesThe State Coroner Michael Barnes has made the linked ruling in relation to issues to be considered at the inquest of Jason Protheroe.
Outsourcing of Recording and Transcription Services
On Friday 22 February 2013 the Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie announced the appointment of Auscript to provide recording and transcription services to Queensland's Courts, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.
Implementation will be staged during 2013 commencing April 2013.
From the 23 April 2013 Auscript Australasia Pty Ltd will commence providing recording and transcription services to the Queensland Courts, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission and the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
The commencement date for the provision of these services will vary by court location. The Implementation schedule details the transition date for each location.
The purchase of transcripts and audio for court proceedings at each of these locations will be made from Auscript from these dates.
Transcripts and audio that relate to court proceedings prior to these dates will continue to be purchased through the Queensland Courts.
Electronic Lodgement or eLodgement is an online service which allows court users to lodge Magistrates Court civil claims, statements of claim, requests for default judgment and affidavit forms online.
The service is available in all Magistrates Courts throughout the state.
eLodgement allows you to:
- lodge documents 24 hours a day, seven days a week (documents are transferred to the Magistrates Court between 7:00am and 11:00pm weekdays, including public holidays)
- track documents online, with instant feedback about whether a document has been filed, rejected or is pending
- save time by reducing the need to attend the court registry
- enter details once only (they will be automatically reproduced throughout the lodgement process)
- access lodgement information remotely over the internet (no extra software required)
- automatically calculate fees and transaction costs
- take advantage of flexible billing options
- access support over the phone or email.
eLodgement services in the Queensland Courts are supplied by CITEC Confirm.
Contact CITEC Confirm on 1800 773 773 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you need help with locating a Justice of the Peace?Follow the link to locate a Justice of the Peace in your community during business hours and afterhours.
Do you need to contact a courthouse?
Follow this link to access address and contact information for individual courthouses throughout Queensland.
The Sir Harry Gibbs Legal Heritage Centre is a museum exhibition space open to the public.
Visitors are welcome week days between 9:00am and 5:00pm. The centre is located on the ground floor of the Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, 415 George Street, Brisbane.
The inaugural exhibition traces 150 years of Queensland's legal history.
The Centre features an interactive touch table with a detailed timeline of the Court's history and five matrix screens showcasing Queensland judges and courthouses, the work of the Incorporated Council for Law Reporting and 'A Day in the Life of the Court'. Another section is dedicated to the Rt Hon Sir Harry Gibbs GCMG AC KBE, former Chair of the Library Committee (1963 to 1967) and the second Queenslander to serve as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia (1981 to 1987).
The Court's treasures are also on display and include a ceremonial Staff and a commemorative book, which records the names of all Supreme Court judges from 1859 to present. These items were presented to the Court by the Bar Association of Queensland and the Queensland Law Society respectively, to celebrate the sesquicentenary of the Supreme Court in 2011.
To view the location - Map: http://goo.gl/maps/TMsYL
Brisbane: District Court Civil Callover list22 February 2013
Supreme Court Probate Application change
From 1 February, 2013 it will no longer be a requirement to place an exhibit marking on the original will/codicil when applying for Probate.
Due to the impracticalities of attaching exhibit markings to the original will/codicil, the certificate of exhibit Form 47 (UCPR) should now be placed on the back of a photocopy of the original will/codicil either by printing or label.
The first paragraph of the applicant’s affidavit Form 105 (UCPR) should be altered to read:
- “A photocopy of the true and original last will [and codicil] of the deceased is the document which is exhibit ## to this affidavit, the original of which is lodged herewith.”
The photocopy (with the exhibit markings) should be filed with the affidavit and the original will/codicil (without any exhibit markings) should be lodged with the affidavit.
Commercial List - Justice Jackson
In anticipation of Justice Jackson assuming the conduct of most of the matters that are presently allocated to Justice Applegarth on the Commercial List, Justice Jackson will conduct future reviews in those matters.
Listing of reviews should be arranged with the Associate to Justice Jackson, phone 07 3008 8736, email email@example.com with any emails copied to the Commercial List Manager firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some matters will still be reviewed and tried by Justice Applegarth. However, unless you are notified otherwise, you should assume that your matter will be supervised and reviewed in the future by Justice Jackson.
Warrant Security DepositsAs of the 10 December 2012, the Supreme and District Courts will increase the Warrant Secuity Deposit. The Warrant Security for Possession of Land will be increased to $2000.00 and for Seizure and Sale $2500.00. For more information, please call 07 3247 4322 or email SDCenforcement@justice.qld.gov.au.
From 21 August 2012, a levy will be applied to any offender (other than a child) sentenced in a Queensland Court.
The Offender Levy is not an order of the court and does not form part of any sentence imposed by a judge or magistrate.
Commercial list - note to practitioners
Criminal Justice Procedure ReformVisit the Department of Justice and Attorney-General website to learn more about Criminal justice procedure reform.
Civil Trial Dates 1 April - 27 September 2013 (Supreme Court)
The period 1 April - 27 September 2013 can now be allocated. To obtain trial dates and for information about electronic set down for trial, contact the civil list manager.
Email service for draft orders
An email service is now available for Supreme and District Courts draft orders. Draft orders can be forwarded to SDC.email@example.com
Please note: this service does not apply to orders made in the Court of Appeal, the Planning and Environment Court or the District Court (Appellate Jurisdiction).