Judgments

Getting a judgment

Once both sides complete their appeal submissions in the hearing, the court may either:

  • give the judgment (with or without deliberation and a short adjournment) on the day of the hearing
  • reserve the judgment for several days, weeks or months.

Parties are advised when judgment is to be delivered (except for self-represented litigants in custody, who receive the judgment in writing). Generally, parties are notified the day before judgment is to be delivered, though they’re not required to attend (unless directed by the court).

After a judgment is delivered, the registry creates an order in line with the judgment. A copy is sent to the parties of the appeal.

Once judgment is delivered, the appeal process in the Court of Appeal is complete.

Appealing the decision

If your civil or criminal appeal is unsuccessful, you can apply for special leave to appeal to the High Court of Australia. Time limits apply.

For more information, contact the High Court of Australia.

Getting copies of judgments

Reserved judgments

Each party receives a copy of the judgment once it’s delivered at no cost.

You can get more copies of the judgment by visiting the Supreme Court Library Queensland in the QEII Courts of Law or phoning (07) 3247 4373. You will need to pay a fee for this.

Copies of judgments can also be obtained from the Supreme Court Library and Australasian Legal Information Institute websites.

Judgments delivered on the day

If the judgment is delivered ex tempore (immediately after the hearing finishes), the court doesn’t issue written reasons for the judgment at that stage. Later, the court may publish them on the above websites.

A copy of the reasons is sent to each party after being published. You can get a transcript of the reasons from Auscript Australasia for a fee (for civil judgments).

For criminal judgments, self-represented litigants are entitled to one free copy.

Transcripts of hearing arguments

You can request transcripts of Court of Appeal hearings from Auscript Australasia for a fee (civil matters).

In criminal matters, self-represented litigants are entitled to one free copy of the transcript.