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The Supreme Court has issued Practice Direction 4 of 2024 (PDF, 166.7 KB) in relation to some aspects of criminal proceedings in the Supreme Court, and Practice Direction 5 of 2024 (PDF, 265.7 KB), in relation to the Supreme Court’s Criminal List in Brisbane.

The Practice Direction in relation to the Criminal List will commence operation on 28 February 2024 (although the forms and draft orders electronically provided for in the Practice Direction are able to be used immediately).

An information session for legal practitioners in relation to the new procedures for the Criminal List in Brisbane will be held in the Banco Court on Wednesday, 6 March 2024 at 5.00 pm, to be presented by Justice Peter Callaghan and Ms Bronwyn Currie, Criminal Resolution Registrar.  All criminal practitioners are encouraged to attend in person or via live link www.youtube.com/watch?v=2l_94pAKZDI.

Practitioners are reminded that the Supreme Court’s Practice Direction Number 2 of 2024, in relation to the Building, Engineering and Construction List (PDF, 122.8 KB), commences operation on 4 March 2024.  The judges assigned to conduct and manage matters on the BEC List are Justice Williams and Justice Sullivan.  Any enquiries in relation to the BEC List may be directed to the BEC List Manager or to the associates to the BEC List Judges.

Supreme Court Practice Direction 5 of 2024 (PDF, 265.7 KB) has been published and is to facilitate the resolution of criminal proceedings, by setting out the procedures to be adopted of all matters on the Criminal List.

Supreme Court Practice Direction 4 of 2024 (PDF, 166.7 KB) has been published and outlines the court procedures applicable to some aspects of criminal proceedings in the Supreme Court

On Monday, 11 March 2024, the Annual Faith Service for the Legal Profession and the Judiciary will take place at the Albert Street Uniting Church, 319 Albert Street, Brisbane City.

This service is an inclusive opportunity for faith organisations to show support for judicial officers and lawyers, for judicial officers and lawyers who wish to participate to take the opportunity for reflection and renewal, and for engagement with the community.

The service will be followed by morning tea in the Church precinct.

All members of the public are welcome to attend.

Magistrates Court Practice Direction 2 of 2024 (PDF, 61.1 KB) outlines the temporary closure of Townsville, Mackay, Bowen and Proserpine registries from 1pm to 4.30pm Thursday 25 January due to severe weather conditions.

Supreme Court Practice Direction 3 of 2024 (PDF, 21.7 KB) outlines the temporary closure of Townsville Supreme Court registry from 1pm to 4.30pm Thursday 25 January due to severe weather conditions.

District Court Practice Direction 1 of 2024 (PDF, 17.6 KB) outlines the temporary closure of Townsville District Court registry from 1pm to 4.30pm Thursday 25 January due to severe weather conditions.

The Supreme Court has established a Building, Engineering and Construction List to improve the conduct of large and complex litigation in relation to building, engineering and construction issues: Supreme Court Practice Direction 2 of 2024 (PDF, 122.8 KB)

The Chief Justice has issued Practice Direction 1 of 2024   (PDF, 89.5 KB) that applies to the citation of authorities in all proceedings in the Supreme Court Trial Division and in the Court of Appeal. It repeals Practice Direction 16 of 2013.

Mossman Magistrates Courts is closed until further notice. See Practice Direction 13 of 2023 (PDF, 213.5 KB) for further information.

All remaining Magistrates Courts are open with varied arrangements in Cairns, Mareeba, Innisfail, Tully, Yarrabah, Cooktown and Atherton, as per Practice Direction 12 of 2023 (PDF, 190.0 KB).

District Court Practice Direction 10 of 2023 (PDF, 77.4 KB) outlines the temporary closure of Cairns District Court Registry from Tuesday, 19 December to Friday, 22 December in light of the extreme weather conditions and flooding.

Supreme Court Practice Direction 19 of 2023 (PDF, 78.8 KB) outlines the temporary closure of Cairns Supreme Court registry from Tuesday 19 December to Friday 22 December due to severe weather.

Magistrates Court Practice Direction 9 of 2023 has been issued to inform practitioners and other court users that the Magistrates Courts registries at Cooktown and Mossman will be closed tomorrow (Thursday 14 December 2023) in light of the warnings issued by the Bureau of Meteorology in relation to Tropical Cyclone Jasper.

Magistrates Court Practice Direction 8 of 2023 has been issued to inform practitioners and other court users that the Magistrates Courts registries at Atherton, Cairns, Cooktown, Innisfail, Mareeba and Mossman will be closed tomorrow (Wednesday 13 December 2023) in light of the warnings issued by the Bureau of Meteorology in relation to Tropical Cyclone Jasper.

Supreme Court Practice Direction 16 of 2023 has been issued detailing the temporary closure of the Cairns registry in relation to Tropical Cyclone Jasper.

Eleven new Planning and Environment Court practice directions and associated industry seminar

The Chief Judge has issued 11 new Practice Directions for the Planning and Environment Court in the interests of the just and expeditious conduct of proceedings in Brisbane.

Although the Practice Directions will not have effect until March 2024, because of their substance, the judges of the Court in Brisbane will conduct a seminar on Thursday 14 December to introduce the documents to practitioners and expert witnesses. The event will also be livestreamed. RSVP: tinyurl.com/28bkhvub

The new Practice Directions include:

Magistrates Court Practice Direction 06 of 2023 (PDF, 42.7 KB) has been published, and is a Repeal of Practice Direction 29 of 2012 - Changes of Address for Service in accordance with Practice Directions of the Supreme Court

Supreme Court Practice Direction 15 of 2023 (PDF, 135.0 KB) implements the Practice Note – Harmonisation in schemes of arrangement to address recent differences in scheme practice

The Supreme Court and District Court have published procedural fact sheets designed to provide plain English guidelines for common procedures in civil litigation in Queensland.

The fact sheets provide information about time-critical events in the life of a civil claim, demonstrate how to complete frequently required forms, and explain how to carry out other commonly required tasks, including bringing an interlocutory application, preparing an affidavit, and applying for an adjournment.

These guidelines will assist self-represented litigants and legal practitioners who are unfamiliar with civil practice and procedure in these jurisdictions.

The online fact sheets enable downloading and printing in PDF format. Links embedded in the fact sheets take the reader directly to statutory rules, court forms, and other useful resources.

The fact sheets apply to all Supreme and District Court civil claims, although certain information, e.g. email contacts for registry officers, is specific to claims filed in the Brisbane registry. Regional specific information should be requested from the relevant registry.

Beaudesert Courthouse will be temporarily closed from 6 November and will reopen on 27 November 2023 in new premises at 8 William Street, Beaudesert. Refer to Practice Direction 5 of 2023 (PDF, 183.4 KB) for details of court and registry arrangements.

Magistrates Court Practice Direction 4 of 2023 (PDF, 731.7 KB) has been published to facilitate procedural consistency in the determination of Applications for Non-publication Orders.

A new media guide is now available to support journalists to report on sexual violence in Queensland.

The Sexual Violence Media Guide provides journalists and editors with advice on trauma-informed approaches to reporting, sexual violence statistics, practical reporting tips and legal considerations, including covering matters before the courts.

A key section of the guide details new laws removing restrictions prohibiting the identification of an adult charged with a prescribed sexual offence such as rape or attempted rape, prior to the finalisation of committal proceedings in the Magistrates Court.

The guide was a recommendation of Queensland’s Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce in its Hear her voice Report 2.

Find the guide at www.qld.gov.au/SVmediaguide

Amendments to Court Forms, New Court Forms and Update to Forms referencing the Monarch

As a result of the Justice and Other Legislation Act 2021 amendments to the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012, Domestic and Family Violence Protection Rules 2014, and Oaths Act 1867, the following new and amended forms have been approved on 23 June 2023:

  1. DV01 – Application for Protection Order
  2. DV01A – Guide to completing an application for a protection order
  3. DV01C – Aggrieved confidential address form
  4. DV01D – Special Witness jurat for DV affidavit forms (NEW FORM)
  5. DV01E – Special Witness statutory declaration and content for DV forms (NEW FORM)
  6. DV01F – Request to appear remotely in a DV proceeding
  7. DV04 – Application to Vary Protection Order
  8. DV04A – Application to Vary Recognised Interstate Order
  9. DV09 – Application to vary or revoke and intervention order
  10. DV14A – Application to register New Zealand order in Queensland
  11. DV16 - Application to vary or revoke the registration of an interstate order
  12. DV16A - Application to vary or revoke the registration of a New Zealand order
  13. DV21 – Affidavit of Personal Service
  14. DV25 – Affidavit
  15. DV35 - Application for declaration of a DVO to be a recognised interstate order

In addition to the above forms, to reflect the current Monarch, all court forms containing references to “Her Majesty” or “the Queen” were amended to “the King” and “His Majesty”. This includes forms made under the Bail Act 1980 and Penalties and Sentences Act 1992. The following amended forms have been approved on 23 June 2023:

  1. Form 03 – Recognisance to appear for sentence
  2. Form 06 – Recognisance – conviction on indictment
  3. Form 08 – Recognisance – Summary conviction
  4. Form 07 – Undertaking as to bail
  5. Form 08 – Notice to defendant
  6. Form 10 – Undertaking as to bail following grant of bail by Judge of the Supreme or District Court or Court of Appeal
  7. Form 11 - Affidavit of justification

The above forms were first published on the Queensland Courts website on 25 July 2023.

From 1 July 2023 the scale of costs will increase for:

  • Supreme and District Court proceedings under Schedule 1, items 4 to 21 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999
  • Magistrates Courts proceedings under Schedule 2, part 2 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999
  • Domestic and Family Violence proceedings under Schedule 1, part 2, items 4 to 18 of the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Rules 2014.

The new amounts are published in the Uniform Civil Procedure and Other Rules Amendment Rule 2023.

On 1 July 20223 our fees and charges were increased by 3.4% in line with Queensland Government's indexation policy.

It's important to note that fees are stated in fee regulations as fee units and not in dollar amounts.

As at 1 July 2023, the value of a fee unit for court fees is $1.060 (see s 2 of the Acts Interpretation (Fee Unit) Regulation 2022 and s48B of the Acts Interpretation Act 1954). Please note the rounding rules that apply under s 48C of the Acts Interpretation Act 1954.
You can contact us to find out details about specific fees, charges or prices.

The new fees relate to prescribed fees under the following regulations:

*Appeal Costs Fund Regulation 2010
*Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Regulation 2015
*Criminal Practice (Fees and Allowances) Regulation 2021
*Evidence Regulation 2017
*Jury Regulation 2017
*Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Declarations Regulation 2017
*Justices Regulation 2014
*Land Court Regulation 2021
*Penalties and Sentences Regulation 2015
*Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Regulation 2019
*Recording of Evidence Regulation 2018
*Uniform Civil Procedure (Fees) Regulation 2019

Supreme Court Practice Direction 13 of 2023 (PDF, 190.0 KB) – Supervised case list for proceedings involving self-represented parties: civil jurisdiction.

New versions of Form 59A – Request for Consent Order of Registrar and Form 11 – Consent Adjournment of Application were approved by the Rules Committee on 22 May 2023. Please ensure Form 59A – Request for Consent Order of Registrar (version 4) and Form 11 – Consent Adjournment of Application (version 2) are used when appropriate. Copies of the new forms are available at https://www.courts.qld.gov.au/about/forms.

These forms were first published on the court forms webpage on 25 May 2023.

Practitioners are advised that documents in Supreme Court Commercial List matters are to be filed both electronically using the Objective Connect platform and in hard copy in the Registry, unless relieved from the obligation to do so by a Court Order.

The requirement to file an electronic copy as well as a hard copy does not apply to the filing by Mediators of Mediation Certificates. Mediators need only file a hard copy of the certificate.

Use of Objective Connect platform will make the case management process much more efficient for the Court, facilitate trials being conducted as eTrials, and thereby save parties time and costs. Read more>

The introduction of Objective Connect responded to representations from the profession that the 2016 Commercial List Practice Direction requirement for a USB to be filed in the Registry (in addition to hard copy documents) was inconvenient. Objective Connect replaces the less convenient USB process.

The new Supreme Court Practice Direction 1 of 2023 (PDF, 163.3 KB) aims to improve the conduct of commercial litigation by an enhanced Commercial List from 30 January 2023.

The new Practice Direction is supported by Notes about the conduct of the Commercial List (PDF, 163.0 KB), draft directions (PDF, 108.5 KB), expert evidence (PDF, 65.5 KB), and electronic filing (PDF, 13.7 KB).

Requests to place matters falling within the Practice Direction on the List should be made by the online Commercial List Request Form.

The Practice Direction applies to existing and future proceedings on the Commercial List commenced in, or transferred to, the Brisbane Registry. All matters, which are currently on the Supervised List and which come within the definition of a commercial matter, will be transferred to the Commercial List.

A commercial matter filed in another region will be subject to case management as appropriate in that region.

The Supreme Court has today issued a new Practice Direction 11 of 2023 – Consent Orders of the Registrar (PDF, 143.0 KB).  This new Practice Direction replaces (and repeals) the former Practice Direction 4 of 2010 (PDF, 186.7 KB).

The new Practice Direction sets out the types of orders that the Registrar ordinarily has power to make, by consent, under rule 666 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999; those orders which will not generally be made by the Registrar and ought to be referred to a judge; and the procedure to be adopted when seeking an order be made by consent by the Registrar.

The new Practice Direction also clarifies the procedure where a matter is on the Caseflow Management List, and is being dealt with by the Resolution Registrar under Practice Direction 9 of 2023 (PDF, 175.5 KB).

Where parties seek to have an order made by the Registrar by consent, the necessary documents can be filed electronically, in accordance with the Principal Registrar (Supreme and District Courts) – Approval 1 of 2020 (PDF, 146.0 KB).

Practitioners are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the new Practice Direction 11 of 2023 (PDF, 143.0 KB), and also to re-familiarise themselves with Practice Direction 12 of 2022 – Applications (PDF, 160.4 KB) (including in relation to the procedure required where parties seek to have an order made by consent, by a judge, prior to the hearing of an application).

District Court Practice Direction 3 of 2023 (PDF, 104.0 KB) – Repeal of Practice Direction 4 of 2010 Change of Address for Service in Accordance with Practice Directions of the Supreme Court.

The District Court seeks to facilitate a simple process by which legal practitioners and self-represented litigants can provide, and the Court can seek, guidance and clarification of the correct pronunciation of names and preferred forms of address. Refer to District Court Practice Direction 2 of 2023 (PDF, 156.1 KB).

The appearance slip (PDF, 184.3 KB) is available online and in courtrooms.

The Supreme Court seeks to facilitate a simple process by which legal practitioners and self-represented litigants can provide, and the Court can seek, guidance and clarification of the correct pronunciation of names and preferred forms of address. Refer to Supreme Court Practice Direction 10 of 2023 (PDF, 102.4 KB).

The appearance slip is available online (PDF, 184.3 KB) and in courtrooms.

From Monday 3 April 2023, the Chief Justice will no longer issue practice directions in relation to changes in the name and/or address of a solicitor or solicitor’s firm.

Refer the Notice to the Profession (PDF, 77.1 KB) for filing instructions. The District Court has issued Practice Direction 3 of 2023 (PDF, 104.0 KB) to repeal Practice Direction 4 of 2010 Change of Address for Service, in accordance with the Practice Direction of the Supreme Court.

The Chief Justice has issued Practice Direction 9 of 2023 (PDF, 175.5 KB), in relation to the Caseflow Management List, which takes effect from 1 May 2023.

The Practice Direction implements a change to the way the Caseflow Management List presently works. Under the new Practice Direction, the Resolution Registrar, Ms Julie Ruffin, will manage the Caseflow List, subject to the supervision of the Caseflow Judge. Justice Williams will continue as the Caseflow Judge.

However, the Caseflow Management process is otherwise largely unchanged:

  • A case flow intervention notice will be issued where a Request for Trial Date has not been filed within 180 days of the filing of the Defence.
  • The parties may submit consent orders agreeing directions designed to progress the matter to resolution, by trial, mediation or negotiated agreement, in a cost effective and timely way.
  • The parties may be required to attend a Caseflow Conference with the Resolution Registrar and the matter may be further reviewed by the Resolution Registrar or the Caseflow Judge.
  • Non-compliance with the new practice direction or directions made under it may be referred to the Caseflow Judge.

The Practice Direction applies to all civil proceedings commenced by claim, or ordered to proceed as if commenced by claim, in Brisbane, and to any other civil proceeding, if ordered by the court. It does not apply to proceedings already on another managed list. Matters which are already on the Caseflow Management List will remain on the List.

The new Practice Direction will be reviewed in 12 months, in consultation with the profession.

The Supreme Court of Queensland has today issued a new Practice Direction 8 of 2023 (PDF, 103.0 KB) in relation to representative proceedings (or class actions), creating a Class Actions List. Under this Practice Direction, which commences operation on 22 March 2023:

  • All class actions will be managed by two judges: Justice Bradley and Justice Williams.
  • These judges will deal with all interlocutory matters for class actions.
  • When a matter is ready for trial, it will be assigned to another Trial Division judge for hearing, after consultation with the Senior Judge Administrator.
  • Where a class action was commenced in the Central, Northern or Far Northern region of the Supreme Court, the trial will take place in that region, unless otherwise ordered by the Senior Judge Administrator.

The two judges referred to above will continue to sit in all other jurisdictions of the Court.

The new Practice Direction will be reviewed at the end of 2023, in consultation with members of the profession.

District Court Practice Direction 1 of 2023 (PDF, 43.9 KB) - Notice of change of name from Ellem Warren Lawyers to Ellem Warren Napa Lawyers.

Magistrates Court Practice Direction 1 of 2023 (PDF, 70.2 KB) - Designation of Court Holidays - Registry - 27 December 2023 to 5 January 2024

Supreme Court Practice Direction 2 of 2023 (PDF, 75.6 KB) - Notice of change of address for service for Australia China Legal Group Pty Ltd.

January 2023 to December 2024

Sir Harry Gibbs Legal Heritage Centre

Ground floor, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law

415 George Street, Brisbane

Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm

Free—all visitors welcome

Our exhibition Criminal law—then, now, tomorrow looks at how our society and criminal offences have evolved together since the creation of the Criminal Code 1899 through the upheavals and advancements of the 20th century and explores what changes may occur in the future.

From the widespread use of automobiles to the invention of texting, societal developments often necessitate changes in the criminal justice system. This exhibition tracks some of the biggest changes and asks viewers to theorise how the criminal law will change in response to future technologies and challenges.

Criminal Law: Then-now-tomorrow

District Court Practice Direction 15 of 2022 (PDF, 40.5 KB) - Notice of change of name from 'McDuff & Guilfoyle Lawyers' to 'The firm on the Avenue'.

District Court Practice Direction 14 of 2022 (PDF, 38.1 KB) -  Notice of change of name and address for service from 'Gayler Legal' to 'The firm on the Avenue'.

Supreme Court Practice Direction 30 of 2022 - Notice of change of name from 'McDuff & Guilfoyle Lawyers' to 'The Firm on the Avenue'.

Supreme Court Practice Direction 29 of 2022 (PDF, 75.0 KB) - Notice of change of name and address for service from 'Gayler Legal' to 'The Firm on the Avenue'.

Amendments to forms under the Supreme Court (Admission) Rules 2004 have been approved on 7 November 2022. Newly amended forms include:

  • Form 7 - Statement of Eligibility and Suitability - version 5
  • Form 8 - Certificate of Suitability - version 4

Copies of the revised forms are available on the Forms page of the CSQ website and the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board website.

Following the ascension of King Charles III, 35 forms under the Criminal Practice Rules 1999 referencing 'the Queen' and 'Her Majesty' have been updated to state 'the King' and 'His Majesty'.

Criminal Practice Rules 1999
Form 01 - General form of application to a court
Form 03 - Application for bail in the court before which the indictment was presented
Form 04 - Application for variation of bail
Form 05 - Application by surety for discharge
Form 06 - Application for revocation (or variation) of bail by prosecutor
Form 09 - Application for a direction or ruling
Form 11 - Affidavit
Form 12 - General form of order
Form 17 - Notice of trial
Form 18 - Notice to attend for sentence
Form 19 - Warrant to arrest accused person who does not attend to receive sentence on judgment by default
Form 20 - Bench warrant
Form 21 - Subpoena to attend court and/or produce documents - Online
Form 22 - Subpoena to produce a document by Court order
Form 25 - Judge's certificate
Form 26 - Notice of appeal or application for leave to appeal against conviction or sentence (for appeals other than under the District Court of Queensland Act 1967, s 118
Form 27 - Notice of application for leave to appeal under the District Court of Queensland Act 1967, s 118
Form 28 - Notice of application for extension of time within which to appeal
Form 29 - Notice of application for extension of time within which to file notice of application for leave to appeal under the District Court of Queensland Act 1967, s 118
Form 30 - Notice of abandonment of appeal or application
Form 31 - Notice of abandonment of application
Form 32 - Notice of order staying execution of order quashing conviction under section 672(1)  
Form 33 - Notice of order for detention or admission to bail pending appeal to High Court under section 672(2)
Form 34 - Notice of Attorney-General's appeal against sentence
Form 36 - Notice to appellant of judge's decision under section 671L
Form 37 - Notice of application for rehearing by Court of Appeal under section 671L
Form 38 - Application for leave to adduce evidence
Form 39 - Order to witness to attend court for examination
Form 40 - Order to witness to attend before examiner for examination
Form 41 - Registrar's certificate of expenses
Form 42 - Order to general manager of a prison after dismissal of appeal to take appellant on bail into custody
Form 43 - Order to general manager of a prison after High Court reverses the order of the Court of Appeal quashing a conviction
Form 44 - Verdict and judgment record
Form 45 - Affidavit of service
Form 46 - Certificate under section 408D(3)

This minor amendment to affected forms does not result in a change of process.

District Court Practice Direction 11 of 2022 (PDF, 38.7 KB) - Notice of change of name from 'Ready Hocking Law Pty Ltd' to 'RHR Legal Pty Ltd'.

The Video Recorded Evidence-in-Chief pilot commenced on 12 September 2022 in Ipswich and Southport Magistrates courts. The pilot will run for 12 months for adult domestic and family violence related criminal proceedings.

The video recorded evidence-in-chief (VRE) statement can only be taken by a police officer and must be taken as soon as reasonably practicable after the alleged offence.

For more information on the pilot, see

Pilot of video recorded evidence-in-chief statements | QPS (police.qld.gov.au)

Magistrates Court Practice Direction 5 of 2022 (PDF, 109.4 KB) - Digitally recorded proceedings: Means of identifying proceedings, those appearing, and witnesses.

District Court Practice Direction 10 of 2022 (PDF, 37.5 KB) -  change of name and address for service from Anthony Delaney Lawyers to Delaneys Lawyers

The Guideline for Working with Interpreters in Queensland Courts and Tribunals (PDF, 227.2 KB) has been amended by reference to the Recommended National Standards for Working with Interpreters in Courts and Tribunals (Second Edition), published by the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity.

District Court Practice Direction 9 of 2022 (PDF, 38.4 KB) - Notice of change of name from 'Creevey Russell Lawyers' to 'Creevey Horrell Lawyers'

District Court Practice Direction 8 of 2022 (PDF, 37.8 KB) - Notice of change of name from 'Mason & Green Solicitors Pty Ltd ' to 'FNQ Solicitors Pty Ltd'

Supreme Court Practice Direction 23 of 2022 (PDF, 106.2 KB) - Notice of change of name from 'Creevey Russell Lawyers' to 'Creevey Horrell Lawyers'

As a result of the Justice & Other Legislation Act 2021 amendments to the Oaths Act 1867, the following forms, including new form 001A and 16 updated forms, have been approved by the Rules Committee on 25 August 2022 for use under the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 from the date of their publication on the Queensland Courts’ website.

Uniform Civil Practice Rules 1999

Form no.

Form Title

Form 001A

Special Witness jurat for UCPR affidavits

Form 46

Affidavit

Form 47

Certificate of exhibit

Form 51

Affidavit (payment into court)

Form 71

Statement of financial position

Form 71A

Statement of financial position (company)

Form 74

Statement in support

Form 104

Affidavit of publication

Form 105

Affidavit (probate application)

Form 106

Affidavit (letters of administration with will)

Form 107

Affidavit of due execution of will/codicil

Form 108

Affidavit of handwriting

Form 109

Affidavit (letters of administration on intestacy)

Form 110

Affidavit (undated will)

Form 111

Affidavit of plight

Form 113

Affidavit (reseal)

Form 120

Affidavit of scripts

The above forms were first published on the Queensland Courts website on 1 September 2022.

Children's Court Practice Direction 1 of 2022 (PDF, 82.5 KB) -  Digitally recorded proceedings: Means of identifying proceedings, those appearing, and witnesses.

District Court Practice Direction 7 of 2022 (PDF, 82.0 KB) - Digitally recorded proceedings: Means of identifying proceedings, those appearing, and witnesses.

Supreme Court Practice Direction 18 of 2022 (PDF, 92.2 KB) - Digitally recorded proceedings: Means of identifying proceedings, those appearing, and witnesses.

The Supreme Court, in conjunction with the Queensland Law Society Dispute Resolution Committee and LawRight, has launched a scheme for pro bono mediation of claims involving self-represented litigants. The scheme is designed to improve access to justice for Queenslanders by removing the cost of the process as an obstacle to mediation, providing an opportunity for litigants to resolve their dispute, or narrow the issues in the dispute, without the need for determination by the court. The Chief Justice has issued Practice Direction 17 of 2022 (PDF, 141.4 KB) explaining the scheme. In accordance with the Practice Direction, the mediator is appointed by the court and the services of the mediator, and the venue for the mediation, are provided at no cost to the parties. Mediators are appointed from a panel provided by the Queensland Law Society of nationally accredited mediators under the Australian Standards. As part of the process, LawRight will endeavour to obtain an advocate (solicitor or barrister) to act without charge on behalf of the self-represented litigant at the mediation.

Supreme Court Practice Direction 17 of 2022 (PDF, 141.4 KB) - Scheme for pro bono mediation in proceedings involving self-represented litigants.

District Court Practice Direction 6 of 2022 (PDF, 25.4 KB) -  Designation of Court Holidays - Registry 28 December 2022 to 6 January 2023

Supreme Court Practice Direction 15 of 2022 (PDF, 61.9 KB) -  Designation of Court Holidays - Registry 28 December 2022 to 6 January 2023

From 1 July 2022 there is an increase in the scale of costs for:

  • Domestic and Family Violence Proceedings under Schedule 1 ,part 2 items 4 to 18, Domestic and Family Violence Protection Rules 2014.
  • Supreme and District Court under Schedule 1, items 4 to 21 Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999
  • Magistrates Courts under Schedule 2, part 2 Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999.

For the new scale of costs please see - Uniform Civil Procedure and Other Rules Amendment Rule 2022 (legislation.qld.gov.au)

Supreme Court Practice Direction 12 of 2022 (PDF, 160.4 KB) applies to all applications made in the Trial Division, including bail applications.

Practice Directions 14 of 1999, 24 of 1999, 2 of 2001, 7 of 2001, 6 of 2004 and 3 of 2008 are repealed.

The Chief Justice and Judges of the Supreme Court of Queensland are committed to ensuring that the Court is a safe and respectful workplace for all persons who are officers, employees, contractors and service providers of the Court.

To that end, the Judges individually and collectively are committed to adherence to the Supreme Court’s workplace conduct policy.

Read more (PDF, 176.1 KB)

The Family Lounge in Brisbane’s QEII Courts of Law is available for all court users to assist with parenting needs in quiet and private surroundings.

Located on level one, its facilities include a private area for feeding, kitchenette, baby-changing table and toilet amenities.

Supreme Court Practice Direction 11 of 2022 (PDF, 156.4 KB) - Change of address for service of the Office of the Official Solicitor to the Public Trustee of Queensland.

As a result of the Justice & Other Legislation Act 2021 amendments to the Oaths Act 1867, the following three updated forms have been approved by the President of the Childrens Court on 6 May 2022 for use under the Childrens Court Act 1992 from the date of their publication on the Queensland Courts’ website.

  1. Adoption Act 2009 – Form 06 – Affidavit Template – Version 2;
  2. Child Protection Act 1999 – Form 25 – Affidavit – Version 4;
  3. Youth Justice Act 1992 - Form 34 – Application and Affidavit to vary a community based order (other than a conditional release order) by consent – Version 2

The above forms were first published on the Queensland Courts website on 13 May 2022.

Magistrates Court Practice Direction 2 of 2022 (PDF, 59.9 KB) - Designation of Court Holidays - Registry - 28 December 2022 to 6 January 2023

District Court Practice Direction 2 of 2022 (PDF, 44.5 KB) - Change of name and address for service (Leonardus Smits Lawyers to Murray Laws Pty Ltd)

Supreme Court Practice Direction 4 of 2022 (PDF, 108.8 KB) - Change of name and address for service (Leonardus Smits Lawyers to Murray Laws Pty Ltd)

District Court practice direction 1 of 2022 (PDF, 41.5 KB) - Change of name for service (Tucker & Cowen Solicitors to Cowen Schwarz Marschke Lawyers).

Supreme Court practice direction 3 of 2022 (PDF, 124.0 KB) - Change of name for service (Tucker & Cowen Solicitors to Cowen Schwarz Marschke Lawyers)