Applying for an adjournment

In Queensland, you must attend court on the date set by the court. If you need to change the date set by the court for any reason, you can apply for an adjournment to reschedule.

If you meet the criteria below, you can apply online for an adjournment.

When you can apply online

You can apply for an adjournment online if you are the prosecutor or legal representative for the defendant in a matter listed for mention or review on one of the following Brisbane Magistrates Court lists:

  • committal callover—held in Court 20 every Monday
  • summary trial callover—held in Court 20 every Wednesday.

When you can’t apply online

You can’t apply online if:

  • you apply less than three business days before the date set by the court
  • the matter is listed in a court other than Court 20
  • you want the matter adjourned to a different courthouse.

If you don’t meet the requirements for applying online, you may still apply by post, email or fax to the court where the matter is listed.

Note: You can’t apply by post if you apply on the day before, or the day of, the listing date set by the court.

Deadline for applying online

You must apply by no later than 5pm three business days before the date set by the court.

Consent to apply

Before you apply, you must obtain the consent of the other party—either prosecution or defence—for the new date.

How to apply online

Complete the online application form explaining why you’re requesting the change or why your client cannot attend court on the set date.

Provide supporting documentation if possible.

What happens next

A magistrate will consider your application and decide whether to grant the change.

A staff member from the Brisbane Magistrates Courts registry will contact you with the magistrate’s decision.

  • If your application is granted, you will be emailed about the new court by 5pm two days before the callover.
  • If your application is refused, you will be emailed and must attend court on the date that was originally set.

Requirement to appear

Parties are required to appear in court unless ordered otherwise.

If your application for an adjournment is refused and you fail to appear on the set date, the magistrate will make an order. This could result in a warrant being issued for the defendant’s arrest.