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Supreme Court of Queensland practice direction 1 of 2022 (PDF, 34.1 KB) - Change of address for service (BR Solicitors Pty Ltd)

Explore the cases that were influential in shaping native title law reform at the Overturning terra nullius: the story of native title exhibition located in the Supreme Court Library Queensland. Free entry, weekdays from 8.30am to 4.30pm with access to learning resources.

All new trials in Queensland requiring a jury have been suspended as a precautionary measure in both the Supreme and District Courts.

Jury trials will not recommence before 21 February 2022. The situation will be reviewed on 11 February 2022.

Prospective jurors with a summons to attend court will be notified. However, any prospective juror with a query may also contact the number shown on their summons.

Notice to legal practitioners (PDF, 75.6 KB)

Supreme Court Library Queensland is open. All online and face to face library services are available, with some COVID-safe conditions in place to protect you and library staff.

Library visitors must wear a face mask and observe physical distancing rules and restrictions.

As library locations are in court buildings, in line with the practice directions of the Courts, you must check in when entering any court building.

Visit sclqld.org.au/covid-19 for more information.

There has not been a change to the Reserve Bank Rate (cash rate) the interest rate to be applied by registrars to default judgments and money orders from 1 January 2022.

Default judgments

For the period 1 January – 30 June 2022 the interest rate remains at 4.10% (cash rate of 0.10% + 4%).

Money orders

For the period 1 January – 30 June 2021 the interest rate remains at 6.10% (cash rate of 0.10% + 6%).

Queensland Courts Interest rates page

The Queensland Courts website Interest rates page and Interest calculator have been updated.

Queensland Courts will be closed from Monday 20 December 2021 and will reopen on Tuesday 4 January 2022. If you are experiencing domestic and family violence, and:

  • you are in danger now or need urgent help, contact the Queensland Police Service on Triple Zero (000)
  • your matter is not urgent, visit your nearest police station or call Police Link on 131 444 – you can also apply for a protection order online and file your application at the court registry on Tuesday, 4 January 2022.

Support is also available from DV Connect (24hr) 1800 811 811, 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline 13 11 14 or you can use our search tool to find a domestic violence support service.

Magistrates Court practice direction 1 of 2014 - Amended -  Clarify the permitted use of electronic devices and taking of photographs and video footage in courtrooms.

In the 18th and early 19th centuries, many law firms began as small businesses, with some being family-run and owned. Some would go onto create strong inter-generational partnerships with local legal families, before expanding throughout the state and beyond. Our legal heritage display, Frontier firms, explores the history of some of these law firms as told through donated legal documents.

19 November 2021 to 4 March 2022

Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm

Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law

Free — all visitors welcome.

District Court practice direction 11 of 2021 (PDF, 45.2 KB) - Change of name for service (Perpetual Legal Services Pty Ltd changed to Perpetual Trustee Company Limited)

Supreme Court practice direction 21 of 2021 (PDF, 370.4 KB) -  Notice of change of name. Perpetual Legal Services Pty Ltd changed to Perpetual Trustee Company Limited.

Version 6 of the DV Form DV04 (PDF, 297.8 KB) - Application to vary a domestic violence order has been approved for use from 21 September 2021 and is available on the Forms page.

This version of the form was first published on the Queensland Court website on 26 October 2021.

Magistrates Court has released an information guide that outlines COVID-19 arrangements for courthouses and courtrooms. Arrangements for each COVID-19 stage, one to four, are outlined.

The Supreme Court of Queensland has issued a revised protocol for Applications for judicial review (Parole Board of Queensland) effective from 24 September 2021 until further notice. Read more>>

District Court Practice Direction 9 of 2021 (PDF, 59.2 KB) - Designation of court holidays registry - 20 December 2021 to 31 December 2021

District Court Practice Direction 8 of 2021 (PDF, 92.2 KB) - Change of name and address for service (ABF Legal change to Beck Legal Group)

Supreme Court of Queensland practice direction 17 of 2021 (PDF, 131.8 KB) - Change of name and address for service (ABF Legal to Beck Legal Group)

District Court Practice Direction 6 of 2021 (PDF, 48.5 KB) - Change of name and address for service (CRH Law to HopgoodGanim Lawyers)

Supreme Court Practice Direction 16 of 2021 (PDF, 91.6 KB) - Change of name and address for service (CRH Law to HopgoodGanim Lawyers)

On Sunday 27 June 2021 the Queensland Premier announced that mandatory use of the Check In Qld App would expand to cover a range of additional business sectors across the state from 1 am, Friday 9 July. This includes public-facing government services, such as customer service counters in government buildings, but does not include courts.

QR codes are currently being installed in all Queensland courthouse buildings to help make COVID-19 contact tracing faster and more reliable. Whilst not mandatory for courts, this decision has been made to assist with contact tracing efforts considering the current lock down in several areas of the state.

Each court building will receive its own unique QR code, which will be placed at all entrances and counters and in other appropriate locations throughout the buildings that are easily accessible to those entering or moving about.

All court users are encouraged to use the codes as soon as they are available. If they are unable to use the Check In Qld app, registries can use the business mode of the app to enter contact details on their behalf.

While it is highly recommended that people check in to Queensland courthouses using the Check In Qld App, there is no authority to refuse entry or provision of court-related services to anyone who does not check in via the QR code. However, using the QR code to check in is mandatory for people accessing non-court services—such as the Women’s Legal Service or applying for a birth certificate—within court buildings.

For full details on the relevant Public Health Direction, visit Check In Qld app | Queensland Government (covid19.qld.gov.au).

The Reserve Bank rate (cash rate) applied by registrars to default judgments and to money orders for the period commencing 1 July 2021 remains at 0.10%.

Default judgments

For the period 1 July – 31 December 2021 the interest rate remains at 4.10% (cash rate of 0.10% + 4%).

Money orders

For the period 1 July – 31 December 2021 the interest rate remains at 6.10% (cash rate of 0.10% + 6%).

Queensland Courts Interest rates page

The Queensland Courts website Interest rates page and Interest calculator have been updated.

The Governor in Council has approved an increase to court fees from 1 July 2021.

The new fees are contained in the Justice Legislation (Fees, Allowances and Other Amounts) Amendment Regulation 2021 and affect fees prescribed under the following regulations:

  • Appeal Costs Fund Regulation 2010
  • Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Regulation 2015
  • Coroners Regulation 2015
  • Criminal Practice (Fees) Regulation 2010
  • Evidence Regulation 2007
  • Jury Regulation 2017
  • Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Declarations Regulation 2017
  • Justices Regulation 2017
  • Penalties and Sentences Regulation 2015
  • Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Regulation 2019
  • Recording of Evidence Regulation 2018
  • Uniform Civil Procedure (Fees) Regulation 2019 (UCPR).

Supreme Court of Queensland practice direction 14 of 2021 (PDF, 68.2 KB) -  Change of address for service (Cochrane Leahy Litigation)

Parties and practitioners are advised that the Planning and Environment Court has released additional guidance in relation to appearances other than in person at the hearing of an application or review. Read more>>

District Court of Queensland Practice Direction 4 of 2021 (PDF, 410.6 KB) - Change of name and address for service (Brisbane Criminal Lawyers to Brisbane Criminal Lawyers Pty Ltd.)

Supreme Court Practice Direction 12 of 2021 (PDF, 90.8 KB) - Change of name and address for service (Brisbane Criminal Lawyers to Brisbane Criminal Lawyers Pty Ltd.)

An amended protocol for Applications will apply in the Brisbane Supreme Court from Wednesday 26 May 2021 until further notice. Read more>> (PDF, 132.1 KB)

Version 2 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 199  Form 131 - Application for reduction of fees by an Individual (DOC, 103.0 KB) has been approved for use from 12 April 2021 and is available on the Forms page.

This version of the form was first published on the Queensland Court website on 21 February 2020.

District Court of Queensland practice direction 3 of 2021 (PDF, 103.3 KB) - Change of name and address - From Bradshaw Pattison Lawyers to Bradshaw Lawyers.

Supreme Court Practice Direction 9 of 2021 (PDF, 97.5 KB) - Change of name and address for service - From Bradshaw Pattison Lawyers to Bradshaw Lawyers.

Supreme Court of Queensland Practice Direction 8 of 2021 (PDF, 73.4 KB) - Change of address for service (Nicholas Black Lawyers).

Section 22 of the protoco (PDF, 141.1 KB)l has been updated to remove reference to the original death certificate. The original death certificate is to be exhibited to the original affidavit that is scanned and lodged in accordance with the protocol.

Supreme Court of Queensland Practice Direction 7 of 2021 (PDF, 70.4 KB) - Change of address for service (TCS Solicitors Pty Ltd, practising as Tucker & Cowen Solicitors)

District Court of Queensland Practice Direction 2 of 2021 (PDF, 94.3 KB) (PDF, 93.7 KB) -  Change of  name for service (from Moloney MacCallum Abdelshahied Lawyers) to Moloney MacCallum Lawyers

Supreme Court of Queensland Practice Direction 6 of 2021 (PDF, 72.9 KB) -  Change of  address for service (Axia Litigation Lawyers Pty Ltd)

Supreme Court of Queensland Practice Direction 4 of 2021 (PDF, 94.3 KB) -  Change of  name for service (from Moloney MacCallum Abdelshahied Lawyers) to Moloney MacCallum Lawyers

The Supreme Court of Queensland will conduct a ceremony at 9.15 am on 13 April 2021, in the Banco Court, Brisbane, to acknowledge and welcome new practitioners who were admitted on the papers in April and June 2020 but who, due to COVID-19 restrictions, were unable to attend a formal ceremony.

Those wishing to attend the ceremony should RSVP no later than 30 March 2021 to CourtInfo@justice.qld.gov.au, indicating whether they would like to bring guests (up to three).

Supreme Court of Queensland Practice Direction 3 of 2021 (PDF, 73.7 KB) - Change of name for service (from Quinn and Scattini Lawyers to Ryan Murdoch O'Regan Lawyers)

The Planning and Environment Court has amended the  Application in Pending Proceedings - Form 3 (Version 2) which is now available in pdf and Word formats on the Court’s Forms page.

Form 3 (version 2) has been approved for use from 1 March 2021 and was first published on the Queensland Court website on 1 March 2021.

Appellants/applicants are now required to include time estimates. This will assist registries to provide ‘not before’ times on daily law lists. The reference to a normal returnable time of 9.15am has been removed.

The Planning and Environment Court has also amended its 2021 court calendar. The new version reflects a change to the pre-callover review date for March.

Practice Direction 1 of 2021 - Notice of change of name (Quinn & Scattini Lawyers changed to Ryan Murdoch O'Regan Lawyers)

Magistrates Court Practice Direction 2 of 2021 (PDF, 170.1 KB) - Designation of Court holidays - Registry - 20 December 2021 - 31 December 2021

Apply online for court listings in the Brisbane Supreme and District Courts

From 22 February 2021, practitioners can make online Applications to list hearings in the Brisbane Supreme and District Courts. Read more>>

Electronic lodgement of Applications for Grant of Probate and Letters of Administration

Legal practitioners can now go online to lodge Applications for Grant of Probate and Letters of Administration. Read more>>

Parties and practitioners are advised of the amended protocol for Applications in the Supreme Court effective on Monday 15 February. Read more>>

Online application to reschedule a court event now available for Childrens Court (Magistrate) Youth Justice matters

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

When you can apply online

Where a matter has a current listing date, a legal representative may apply electronically, where the consent of the other party has been obtained, using the online form for an order for:

  1. A sentence date (including a short plea, lengthy plea or contested sentence)
  2. An adjournment other than of a hearing
  3. A date for a hearing of an application (including a bail application or a directions hearing)
  4. A direction by the Court (including a direction for the provision of a brief of evidence).

You must apply at least two clear business days before the current listed date.

When you can’t apply online

You can’t apply online if:

  • there are less than two business days to the date set by the court
  • you want the matter adjourned to a different courthouse and there is no guilty plea being entered
  • You are seeking an order for a pre-sentence report or mental health assessment,

If you don’t meet the requirements for applying online email the relevant registry https://www.courts.qld.gov.au/contacts/courthouses.

Deadline for applying online

You must apply by no later than 4pm two clear 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. Applications which have not obtained consent of the opposing party will not be considered.

How to apply online

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

Provide supporting documentation if possible. The application will be submitted to the relevant courthouse registry. All parties in the matter will receive an email confirmation, attaching a copy of the submitted application. For Childrens Court matters, this includes the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.

What happens next

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

All parties will be notified electronically of the Magistrate’s decision. If your application is refused, you must attend court on the date that was originally set.

Requirement to appear

Parties are required to appear in court unless ordered otherwise, subject to relevant Practice Directions or subsequent orders of the Court.

If your application for an adjournment is refused and you fail to appear on the set date, the matter will proceed in your absence. This could result in a warrant being issued for the defendant’s arrest if they do not attend court when are required to do so.

Parties and practitioners are advised of an amended protocol for Corporations Registrar Applications effective from Wednesday, 20 January 2021, until further notice

Due to a change in the Reserve Bank rate (cash rate) to be applied by registrars to default judgments and money orders will vary from 1 January 2021 to 0.10%.

Default judgments

For the period 1 January – 30 June 2021 the rate will change to 4.10% (cash rate of 0.10% + 4%).

Money orders

For the period 1 January – 30 June 2021 the rate will change to 6.10% (cash rate of 0.10% + 6%).

Queensland Courts Interest rates page

The Queensland Courts website Interest rates page and Interest calculator have been updated.

Practice Direction 24 of 2020 (PDF, 73.4 KB) - Change of address for service (Porter Davies Lawyers)

In Brisbane, the judges have, until now, presided over directions hearings, reviews and applications at 9.15am, prior to the commencement or resumption of the hearing of other matters at 10am.

In order to better provide for the hearing of such matters, a number of applications weeks have now been provided in the calendar for 2021 where a judge of the Planning and Environment Court will sit to hear applications (including reviews/mentions) on each day. It is not expected that the provision  of applications weeks for the Planning and Environment Court will eliminate the need for some such matters to be heard, from 9:15am, in other weeks. It is anticipated however, that it will:

  • obviate the need for listings prior to 10am in the applications weeks;
  • obviate the need for applications/reviews/mentions to be heard on Monday or Tuesday mornings in any other week
  • obviate the need for listings of such matters on Thursdays in those months where there are two applications weeks
  • allow for a moderation of the currently greater number of matters listed at 9.15am on Friday mornings.

Practice Direction 2 of 2020 represents a minor change to Practice Direction 1 of 2019 to reflect the new arrangement for lengthy applications and reviews to be heard in the applications weeks, rather than on Tuesdays each week.

The Court will, of course, keep the new arrangements under review with a view to making adjustments where necessary or desirable.

The following are the application weeks for 2021.

  • 25 January to 29 January
  • 1 February to 5 February
  • 15 February to 19 February
  • 29 March to 2 April
  • 12 April to 16 April
  • 10 May to 14 May
  • 24 May to 28 May
  • 14 June to 18 June
  • 12 July to 16 July
  • 16 August to 20 August
  • 13 September to 17 September
  • 4 October to 8 October
  • 25 October to 29 October
  • 29 November to 3 December

The court website will be updated with this new information in due course.

Thank you to everyone who has worked with us during 2020 to ensure Queensland Courts remain open and hearing cases.

Our registries will be closed from Monday 21 December 2020 to Friday 1 January 2021 inclusive, for designated court holidays pursuant to Supreme Court Practice Direction 18/2020, District Court Practice Direction 8/2020 and Magistrates Court Practice Direction 1/2020.

A new online service to access details relating to current adult criminal proceedings excluding appeal matters in Queensland courts is now available.

The Criminal Case Lookup offers a quick, easily accessible online self-service providing important appearance information 24/7 to parties.

The service provides the following information:

  • Date and time of event
  • Jurisdiction
  • Court location
  • Event type (e.g. mention, hearing etc)
  • Type of appearance (e.g. in person)
  • Supreme Court/ District Court/ Magistrates Court file number.

Use of the service is limited to the parties, including self-represented persons, their legal representatives and prosecutors.

The service provides information for criminal proceedings including criminal offences, summary offences, traffic offences, applications for special hardship orders and applications for work licenses, excluding appeal matters to the District and Supreme Courts. It does not provide information for cases with legislative and/or court ordered suppression of information such as domestic and family violence matters.

Practice Direction 22 of 2020 (PDF, 120.9 KB) - Change of address for service (Bottoms English Lawyers)

Practice Direction 10 of 2020 (PDF, 132.0 KB) - Notice of change of name (Shaw McDonald Lawyers changed to SMD Lawyers)

Practice Direction 20 of 2020 (PDF, 124.3 KB) - Notice of change of name (Shaw McDonald Lawyers changed to SMD Lawyers)

Discover the Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law on a free guided tour with the Supreme Court Library Queensland (SCLQ).

Each tour will explore:

  • the Banco Court and a courtroom
  • a diverse range of contemporary public artwork, the judicial portrait gallery and our current Sir Harry Gibbs Legal Heritage Centre exhibition Graphic justice: pictures worth 1000 words
  • the Supreme Court Library Queensland.

Various dates and times in October, Auslan interpreted tours available.

Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law

Free—register online now

Places strictly limited.

Version 2 of the Cremations Act 2003, Form 3 – Permission to cremate (PDF, 130.3 KB) has been approved for use from 8 September 2020.

This version of the form was first published on the Queensland Courts website on 8 September 2020.

Practice Direction 8 of 2020 (PDF, 189.0 KB) - Designation of court holidays Registry – 21 December 2020 to 1 January 2021

Practice Direction 9 of 2020 (PDF, 110.9 KB) - Notice of change of name and address for service (S J Gurnsey and Company changed to Rostron Carlyle Rojas Lawyers)

Missed the ‘Celebrating Samuel Griffith’ webinar? A video of the webinar is now available, featuring an expert panel of the Hon Chief Justice Catherine Holmes AC, the Hon Justice Peter Applegarth AM, Professor Carolyn Evans (Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University), John McKenna QC, Dr Raymond Evans and Professor Sarah Joseph.

Visit the SCLQ website to watch the speeches and panel discussion, read speaker notes and learn more about the life and legacy of this great man.

The Supreme Court Library has released an update to its free CaseLaw service, making it easier to search, browse and access its expanded collection of publicly available sentencing remarks transcripts.

Earlier this year, the courts adopted the recommendations of a review into the publication of publicly available sentencing remarks transcripts.

All sentencing decisions of the Supreme and District Courts of Queensland will now be publicly available in our CaseLaw database (subject to certain exceptions) for a period of 5 years.

The increased volume of publicly available sentencing remarks has made it difficult for users to find and access sentencing remarks. In this CaseLaw release we have deployed several upgrades to make it easier to search, browse and access this collection, including:

  • new medium neutral citation schemes for sentencing remarks transcripts
  • sentencing remarks collection advanced search capability
  • pagination of browse and search results lists.

For full details, visit the SCLQ website.

The following forms were approved on 28 August 2020 for use from 1 September 2020:

The above forms were first published on the Queensland Courts website on 1 September 2020

Practice Direction 19 of 2020 (PDF, 126.5 KB) - Notice of change of name and address for service (S J Gurnsey and Company changed to Rostron Carlyle Rojas Lawyers)

Queensland Courts remain open and hearing cases to provide essential justice services to all communities.

All courthouses have detailed COVID-19 plans in place for the health and wellbeing of all court participants and staff, which have been developed in close consultation with Queensland Health.

Jury trials are continuing. Refer to information about juror safety.

Practice Direction 1 of 2020 (PDF, 108.7 KB) - Power of ADR Registrar to make orders or issue directions (Repeals Practice Direction 2 of 2019)

Practice Direction 18 of 2020 (PDF, 205.4 KB) - Designation of court holidays registry – 21 December 2020 to 1 January 2021

Parties and practitioners are advised of an amended protocol for Corporations Registrar Applications effective on Monday, 24 August 2020, until further notice. Read more>>

The Supreme Court Library, in partnership with the Land Court of Queensland, has expanded their CaseLaw collection, digitising and publishing approximately 2500 historical unreported judgments of the Land Court and Land Appeal Court from 1963 to 1994.

Visit the SCLQ website to explore the new collection.

Practice Direction 8 of 2020 (PDF, 52.0 KB) - Repeal of Practice Directions – Queensland Magistrates Early Referral into Treatment (QMERIT) Program & Queensland Integrated Court Referrals

Practice Direction 17 of 2020 (PDF, 120.4 KB) - Change of address for service (Barclay Beirne Lawyers)

The Governor in Council has approved an increase to court fees from 10 August 2020.

The new fees are contained in the Justice Legislation (Fees) Amendment Regulation 2020 and affect fees prescribed under the following regulations:

  • Appeal Costs Fund Regulation 2010
  • Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Regulation 2015
  • Coroners Regulation 2015
  • Criminal Practice (Fees) Regulation 2010
  • Jury Regulation 2017
  • Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Declarations Regulation 2017
  • Justices Regulation 2017
  • Penalties and Sentences Regulation 2015
  • Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Regulation 2019
  • Recording of Evidence Regulation 2018
  • Uniform Civil Procedure (Fees) Regulation 2019 (UCPR).

Version 1 of the Property Law Act 1974, Form 17 - Notice of intention to exercise power of sale in relation to disclaimed property has been approved for use from 28 July 2020 and is available on the Forms page.

This version of the form was first published on the Queensland Courts website on 29 July 2020.

13 July 2020 to 26 February 2021
Free—all visitors welcome

Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm
Supreme Court Library Queensland
Level 12, QEII Courts of Law

Providing access to justice for regional areas has always been part of Queensland’s legal story. In the Supreme Court Library's latest legal heritage display they delve into the photograph, rare book and judicial paper collections to learn about how justice was administered in Ipswich, Toowoomba and Warwick during Queensland’s early years. Read more >>

The Queensland Supreme and District Courts will conduct court matters in person to the extent consistent with medical advice and Health Directives from the Chief Medical Officer. Read more >>

Practice Direction 15 of 2020 (PDF, 122.3 KB) - Change of address for service (Travis Schultz and Partners)

Practice Direction 14 of 2020 (PDF, 210.1 KB) - Notice of change of name (Travis Schultz Law to Travis Schultz and Partners)

Supreme Court Library Queensland is continuing to restore a full library service as they move into the third stage of their recovery roadmap. In addition to further relaxation of restrictions for public access to their premises, Sir Harry Gibbs Legal Heritage Centre is now open.

Visit sclqld.org.au/covid-19 for details and conditions of access.

You can also continue to contact the law library during business hours and access all their essential services online.

The Chief Magistrate has issued Practice Direction 7 of 2020 (PDF, 133.2 KB). To support the Practice Direction, the Magistrates Court Online Application for a Court Event (Magistrates Courts) has been developed.

The online application for a court event form will be available for use by lawyers in adult criminal matters from 8 July 2020. The form can be used to seek the following:

  • a sentence date (including a short plea, lengthy plea or contested sentence)
  • an adjournment other than of a hearing
  • a date for a hearing of an application (including a bail application or a directions hearing)
  • a direction by the Court (including a direction for the provision of a brief of evidence)

The form can only be used where the matter already has a listing date.

The application form will be sent automatically to the relevant court registry for processing and to the opposing party. The form can be used for all Magistrates Court locations.

The form replaces the current Apply for an adjournment form available on the Queensland Courts website, which could only be used for matters in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

In response to COVID-19, Court Network is providing free, confidential support, non-legal information and referral via telephone for all court users.

The Court Network telephone service will, as much as possible, replicate the current face-to-face service (with some limitations) and assist callers.

Victims, witnesses, accused, family and friends can now access Court Network’s new telephone service by calling 1800 571 239 during business hours Monday to Friday. Read more >>

As at 1 July 2020, the following non-regulated court fees apply in Queensland Courts:

  • Penalty unit value - remains at $133.45
  • Courtroom and videoconferencing hire fees - increase as outlined in the fees schedule
  • Professional costs claimable under the UCPR - no increase.

Supreme Court Library Queensland’s premises are now open to the public, subject to stage 2 conditions of the SCLQ recovery roadmap.

Visit the Library website to find out more about what’s open, what remains temporarily closed, and conditions of access.

You can still contact the law library during business hours and access their essential services online. SCLQ appreciates your patience and understanding as they work to safely reinstate a full library service.

In consultation with Queensland Courts and the Library Committee, Supreme Court Library Queensland has developed a roadmap for reopening the library.

The library will reopen its premises in stages that largely align with the original Queensland Government roadmap to easing Queensland’s restrictions, including safety check points at each stage. They are on track to reopen to the public on Monday 15 June. (See the roadmap for details and conditions.)

In the meantime, you can still contact the library during business hours and access their essential services online. The library appreciates your patience and understanding as they work to safely reinstate a full library service.

To keep up to date on the library’s COVID-19 status:

From 18 June 2020, the execution of civil enforcement warrants by bailiffs and/or enforcement officers will resume. The embargo was introduced on 18 March 2020 in response to COVID-19.

Registries may allocate enforcement warrants to bailiffs and enforcement officers before 18 June, but no steps will be taken by the bailiffs and/or enforcement officers until 18 June 2020.

Registries will review any adjourned enforcement hearings to ensure that listings are manageable. For Magistrates Courts only, new enforcement hearings will be listed in accordance with the requirements in Magistrates Court Practice Direction 5 of 2020 (PDF, 811.8 KB) (ensuring social distancing, listing matters at intervals, phone or video appearances where possible etc.).

Supreme Court Library Queensland's hosting a new online exhibition, 'Graphic justice: pictures worth 1000 words’.

How effectively can an image convey a contract term or a person’s bail conditions?

The concept of ‘graphic justice’ is an emerging one that may present both challenges and opportunities for the legal system. Many legal practitioners, companies and advocacy groups are beginning to apply ‘design thinking’ and ‘graphic justice’ principles to help people better understand and navigate the law.

This curated online exhibition explores three examples that illustrate how ‘graphic justice’ can apply in civil and criminal areas—including Australia’s first visual employee contract. Read more>>

Due to a change in the Reserve Bank rate (cash rate) to be applied by registrars to default judgments and money orders will vary from 1 July, 2020 to 0.25%.

Default judgments

For the period 1 July – 31 December 2020 the rate will change to 4.25% (cash rate of 0.25% + 4%).

Money orders

For the period 1 July – 31 December 2020 the rate will change to 6.25% (cash rate of 0.25% + 6%).

Queensland Courts Interest rates page

The Queensland Courts website Interest rates page and Interest calculator have been updated.

Practice Direction 5 of 2020 (PDF, 811.8 KB) - COVID-19 court arrangements (Commences on 15 June 2020 and repeals 3 of 2020 from 14 June 2020)

Practice Direction 6 of 2020 (PDF, 829.4 KB) - COVID-19 court arrangements (Commences on 15 June 2020 and repeals 4 of 2020 from 14 June 2020)

From 21 May 2020, hard copy court documents/forms (except for sworn/affirmed documents) pursuant to the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 may be accepted for filing by all Queensland Court registries where that document/form bears the wet, stamped or electronic signature of the applicant or the applicant’s lawyer/law firm.

An electronic signature includes pasting a digitised image of a person’s/law firm’s signature or using e-signing software to sign a document, and then printing this document in hard copy for the purpose of filing in a court registry.

The health and safety of our staff and courts users are paramount, particularly during the COVID-19 response. In order to effectively minimise contact for all concerned, and coordinate concurrent requests, the Brisbane Supreme and District Court Registry is moving to a scheduled time-based approach to file inspections at the search and copy counter. Read more>>

Juror safety is our priority. In consultation with Queensland Health, Queensland Courts have implemented measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to jurors. Read more>>

The Magistrates Court is testing a new cloud-based videoconferencing system for the conduct of proceedings. PEXIP is currently in testing so only select matters will be heard in this manner. If you are a party to a matter that is testing the system you will receive instructions.

Further communication and updates will be provided as testing progresses including frequently asked questions.

From 5 May 2020, the Brisbane Supreme and District Courts will enable the Parole Board of Queensland to trial fast track parole applications for prisoners who are eligible for a parole order from their date of sentence. Read more >>

Practice Direction 3 of 2020 - Brisbane Magistrates Court arrangements COVID-19 - Amended and
Practice Direction 4 of 2020 - Court arrangements (COVID-19) in the Childrens Court when constituted by a Magistrate - Amended; Guidelines for Criminal Proceedings (PDF, 152.8 KB)

Practice Direction 8 of 2020 (PDF, 125.1 KB) - Maximum hourly rate to be charged by court appointed costs assessors

The Magistrates Courts seek to maximise the use of telephone and video links to minimise the need for physical attendance in courtrooms over the coming weeks. The following guides offer further details:

Supreme Court Practice Direction 7 of 2020 (PDF, 123.2 KB) - Change of address for service (Holman Webb Lawyers Brisbane)

The Principal Registrar, Supreme and District Court has issued approval 1/2020 to allow the following documents to be filed electronically in accordance with rule 967(3) of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999.

  • Request for consent order of the registrar (Form 59A);
  • Proposed draft order (Form 59);
  • Affidavit (Form 46); and
  • Notice of discontinuance (Form 27).

The current practice of all civil applications to be heard in the Brisbane District Court on a particular day being listed for 10.00am will be suspended until further notice.

Read more>>

Parties or practitioners appearing in Applications should only be attending, in person, at court if the matter is urgent, and cannot practicably be dealt with by telephone or video conference.

Any party or practitioner who does attend court in person is expected to follow the 'social distancing' and other guidelines issued by the Government, and keep up to date with those guidelines as they evolve.

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The Supreme Court has developed a protocol to ensure that Brisbane’s Criminal List Reviews are conducted in a manner protective of the health and safety of all participants. Read the protocol (PDF, 200.6 KB)>>

The Land Court is open and will continue to deal with matters as listed, unless it orders to the contrary. In order to deal with the challenges posed by COVID-19, the Court will conduct all hearings, reviews, CMEE conferences and mediations by teleconference or videoconference wherever practicable. No party or participant needs to apply for leave of the Court to appear in that way.

If any parties, representatives, witnesses or observers do attend the Court in person, the Court will enforce social distancing measures. The Court requests parties and practitioners to use mail or email to file documents, wherever possible, and to contact the Court if they have particular requests about how a proceeding is conducted. Information about the Court’s technology is available from the Land Court Registry.

The Court will continue to monitor closely the advice being provided by government health authorities and act accordingly. Community safety will always be a priority.

President of the Land Court

20 March 2018

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland, The Honourable Catherine Holmes AC, and the Chief Judge of the District Court of Queensland, His Honour Judge Kerry O’Brien, have, as a precautionary measure, suspended all new trials requiring a jury in Queensland.

Criminal trials that have already started before a jury in the Supreme and District Courts will continue until their conclusion.

Jurors with a summons to attend court should contact the number shown on their summons.

Other cases will proceed, but the Courts are considering further adjustments to their procedures in order to deal with the challenges posed by COVID-19.

The Courts will continue to monitor closely the advice being provided by government health authorities and act accordingly. Community safety will always be a priority.

Practice Direction 4 of 2020 (PDF, 215.4 KB) - Notice of change of name (Australink Alliance Lawyers & Migration Consultants to Forest Lake Law Practice)

Important change: Due to COVID-19 pandemic this lecture has been postponed to 8 October 2020.

The three Queenslands: Griffith’s plan for the United Provinces of Queensland

Presented by Professor Greg Taylor

Thursday 2 April 2020

5.15 for 5.30pm, followed by refreshments

Banco Court, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law

Level 3, 415 George Street, Brisbane


About the lecture

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Sir Samuel Griffith’s death, the Supreme Court Library is dedicating its 2020 Selden Society lecture series to the great law maker, constitutionalist and statesman.

In the first of these special lectures, Professor Greg Taylor of the University of Adelaide will explore Griffith’s plan of 1890–92, when he was Queensland Premier, to divide Queensland into three provinces to create the United Provinces of Queensland. This startling idea would have changed the map of Australia as we know it, with each new province entering the federation as a separate state.

Little has been known about this nearly successful plan for a Queensland federation until now. Professor Taylor will close that gap and show Griffith's strengths and weaknesses as a constitutionalist—and that even his weaknesses reflected well on him.

Practice Direction 6 of 2020 (PDF, 141.8 KB) - Notice of change of name (Australink Alliance Lawyers & Migration Consultants to Forest Lake Law Practice)

Practice Direction 4 of 2020 (PDF, 540.7 KB) - Case flow management - Civil jurisdiction (Repeals 17/2012)

Version 1A (interim form) of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 Form 131 - Application for reduction of fees by an individual (DOC, 103.0 KB) has been approved for use from 11 February 2020 and is available on the Forms page.

This version of the form was first published on the Queensland Court website on 21 February 2020.

Magistrates Court Practice Direction 1 of 2020 (PDF, 182.3 KB) - Designation of court holidays - Registry - 21 December 2020 to 1 January 2021.

Effective Thursday 13 February 2020, the regular listings for Corporations Court will be Tuesday and Thursday. The decision to change the regular listings days to Tuesday and Thursday (from Monday and Thursday) was made following consultation with stakeholders.

Practice Direction 1 of 2020 (PDF, 141.2 KB) - Notice of change of name (Crilly Lawyers Pty Ltd to Perspective Law Pty Ltd)

The following new forms have been approved for use from 1 January 2020:

  • Form 1 - Notice to the Attorney-General and/or the Queensland Human Rights Commission under the Human Rights Act 2019
  • Form 2 - Notice that the Supreme Court is considering making a declaration of incompatibility under the Human Rights Act 2019

The above forms were first published on the Queensland Courts website on 1 January 2020.