Queensland Courts are responding to the evolving impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and have implemented a range of changes to court operations.
Queensland Health advise that people should stay at home if they are feeling unwell or have been overseas in the past 14 days. If you have been interstate in the last 14 days, and in particular have travelled to a Queensland Health declared hotspot you must follow advice issued by Queensland Health. Contact should be made with the relevant court registry if you have any questions regarding entry to a courthouse.
Queensland Courts ARE open and hearing cases.
Refer to the information below for each court on attendance requirements.
Queensland Health advise that people should stay at home if they are feeling unwell or have been overseas in the past 14 days.
This includes if you are experiencing a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath.
If you consider that this advice applies to you, please DO NOT ATTEND a court location. Seek medical attention.
If you are required in court, you should phone the courthouse registry by phone to advise that you are unwell and await advice about what you are required to do.
If you display these symptoms after you have entered court, staff may ask you to leave.
These measures will assist in reducing the potential for transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Queensland Courts will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 advice being provided by health authorities and act accordingly.
The following measures are being put in place to support the safety of court users:
Maintain safe distancing
- Follow COVID-19 signage instructions about safe distancing and the directions of court staff and security officers
- Staff may limit the number of people entering the courthouse to ensure safe distancing can be maintained
- Leave a one seat space in the public gallery (unless family/same household)
- You may be required to leave a courtroom at any time, if necessary, for court proceedings to continue.
Hygiene and cleaning
- Follow COVID-19 signage instructions about good hygiene practices
- Use the hand sanitiser, disinfectant wipes, tissues and bins provided
- In addition to daily routine cleaning on court sitting days, contact flat surfaces in courtrooms and high touch surfaces in public areas will be cleaned more regularly.
Refer to information about Juror Safety
For the latest updates from Queensland Health, visit the Queensland Health Website.
See information on legal advice options for defendants.
Further more specific information for each court is available via the links below.