Search and copy court documents
Anyone can apply to search and copy certain documents used in civil and criminal cases in Queensland.
Applying to search and copy
You can apply online to search and copy documents held in the Supreme and District Courts or the Brisbane Magistrates Court.
To search or copy Magistrates Court records held outside the Brisbane CBD, contact the relevant Magistrates Court registry.
To find a document, you need the file/indictment number and/or defendant or party names. Contact the relevant courthouse if you don't know this information.
Note: For civil matters in the Supreme and District Courts, you can do a party search.
What you can search and copy
What you're allowed to search or copy may depend on relevant laws. For example, for:
- Supreme and District Courts
- decisions for searching or copying civil documents are based on Rules 980 and 981, Uniform Civil Procedure Rules (UCPR) 1999 (i.e. you need permission of the court to search or copy exhibits or subpoenaed material)
- decisions for searching or copying criminal documents are based on Rules 29, 30, 31, 56, 56A and 57 of the Criminal Practice Rules 1999
- Magistrates Court
What you’re allowed to search may also depend on court orders and whether you're a party to the proceeding.
The fees for searching and copying depend on:
- which court holds the documents
- whether you’re applying for a civil or criminal document
- whether you’re a party to the proceeding.
In most cases, parties don't pay search fees. If the file is kept offsite, you need to pay a retrieval fee to have it brought to the courthouse. We let you know if this applies to you.
If you want a copy of the documents, we contact you with the total fee and your payment options. After we receive your payment, we process the application.
View search and copy fees for:
What happens next
After you submit the form, it can take up to four business days to prepare your documents, depending on the file or material you requested.
If you get your copies by email or post, we send them as soon as they’re ready. Otherwise, we contact you when your documents are ready to view or copies are ready to collect.
Records we don't hold
|Transcripts||Contact Auscript Australasia for requests for transcripts and recordings.|
|Name change records|
To view or copy records relating to name changes that happened:
|Divorce records||Contact the Family Law Courts to view or copy records relating to divorces after 1974.|
|Health Practitioner Tribunal or Legal Practitioner Tribunal records||Contact the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT), which holds these records.|