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Applicants for admission on 20 October 2020 (PDF, 133.8 KB) are required to be in attendance at the:

Banco Court
Level 3
QEII Courts of Law Complex
415 George Street
Brisbane

at least 30 minutes prior to the session time.

In July the Supreme Court Library Queensland launched its legal heritage display, Out of the centre. The display initially explored Queensland’s regional legal stories from Ipswich, Toowoomba, Gympie and Warwick. From 30 September to the end of December the display focuses on the central Queensland community of Rockhampton.

Free entry, weekdays from 8.30am to 4.30pm
Supreme Court Library Queensland
Level 12, QEII Courts of Law

Visit any town or city in regional Queensland and it is likely you will find a courthouse. 

Since Queensland separated from New South Wales in 1859 judicial officers have sat in more than 170 places around the state. Some communities have permanent courthouses with resident judges or magistrates, while others are visited on circuit. This helps make justice accessible to everyone—regardless of where they live.

This year we are moving beyond Brisbane to explore how our legal system was established in regional Queensland. We will explore places where the Supreme and District Court of Queensland sat in its early years including Ipswich, Toowoomba, Warwick, Cairns and Rockhampton to uncover the stories behind the courthouses and judicial officers that have helped form the legal system we have today. Read more>>

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, 61.0 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.

Read more>>

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

Over coming months there will be no admissions ceremonies in Brisbane. Applications for admission will be dealt with in almost all cases on the papers, so that no representation in court is required. Applicants’ presence in court will be required in order to comply with the Rules and to allow them to take their oaths of allegiance and of office and sign the roll. For that purpose, only applicants will be allowed into the courtroom.

If any candidate would prefer not to proceed on this basis, they should request an adjournment, which will be given to a date to be fixed after court resumes standard operations.

While matters with a qualified certificate or that are contested will be considered for disposition by the court on the papers, there is always, of course, the prospect that the court will not be prepared to make a decision on that basis. In that event, the matter may have to be adjourned by the court.

Applicants proceeding to be admitted should be mindful of hand hygiene and may bring their own blue or black ink pen to sign the roll.

The registry will take appropriate precautions to ensure that hygiene standards are met regarding the Bibles or other holy books and the roll.

When courts resume normal operations, all practitioners admitted in these circumstances will be offered the opportunity to take part in a welcoming ceremony attended by family and friends.

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, 368.5 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, 101.0 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.

Practice Direction 27 of 2019 (PDF, 42.7 KB) - Questions referred by a court or tribunal pursuant to the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld)

Magistrates Court Practice Direction 3 of 2019 (PDF, 106.5 KB) - Use of video-link or audio-link appearances in the Childrens Court when constituted by a Magistrate

Practice Direction 26 of 2019 (PDF, 135.8 KB) - Change of address for service (Hall & Wilcox Lawyers)

There has been a change to the Reserve Bank rate (cash rate) to be applied by registrars to default judgments and money orders from 1 January 2020.

Default judgments

For the period 1 January – 30 June 2020, the rate will change to 4.75% (cash rate of 0.75% + 4%).

Money orders

For the period 1 January – 30 June 2020, the rate will change to 6.75% (cash rate of 0.75% + 6%).

Queensland Courts Interest calculator and rates page

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

Version 2 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999, Form 68 – Memorandum of agreement to dismissal of appeal (DOC, 33.0 KB) has been approved for use from 28 November 2019 and is available on the Forms page.

This version of the form was first published on the Queensland Courts website on 4 December 2019.

Supreme Court Library Queensland (SCLQ) has released another update to their free CaseLaw service.

This release includes a new collection of historical decisions of the Supreme Court of Queensland Full Court (1972–1992). It also extends the criminal/civil search filter to include the majority of decisions of the District Court of Queensland.

For full details, read the November CaseLaw release notes.

Applications can be submitted for the position of Judge's Associate commencing in 2021 from Monday, 2 December 2019. Application close on Friday, 31 January 2020 at 5:00pm. Read more>>

The Supreme Court is trialing a Wills and Estates List (PDF, 335.5 KB). The Wills and Estates List Judge for the purpose of the trial is Justice Boddice.

Practice Directions:

Practice Direction 25 of 2019 (PDF, 132.9 KB) - Notice of change of name (McNamara and Associates to McNamara Law).

Version 2 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999, Form 130 – Request for fee refund (DOC, 47.0 KB) has been approved for use from 2 September 2019 and is available on the Forms page.

Practice Direction 24 of 2019 (PDF, 111.1 KB) - Notice of change of name (Compensation Partners Lawyers changed to Kingsley Lawson Lawyers).

Version 1 of the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 Form 1 -  Supervision order (DOCX, 56.0 KB) has been approved for use from 11 October 2019 and is available on the Forms page.

This version of the form was first published on the Queensland Courts website on 17 October 2019.

Practice Direction 22 of 2019 (PDF, 127.0 KB) - Change of address for service (Lillas & Loel Lawyers)

The Chief Justice of Queensland has issued Practice Direction 18 of 2018 (PDF, 301.4 KB) to ensure that Supreme Court civil claims are resolved quickly, fairly and at a minimum of expense.

The Practice Direction requires the parties to a claim to do certain things so that the claim progresses quickly and efficiently and a mediation or trial proceeds in a cost-effective and well-organised way.

A Plain English Guide (PDF, 359.6 KB) and associated explanatory documents have been published on the Efficient conduct of civil litigation page to assist practitioners and self-represented litigants.

Civil trial dates up to June 2020, can now be allocated. To obtain trial dates and for information about electronic set down for trial, contact the Civil List Manager.

Practice Direction 21 of 2019 (PDF, 144.1 KB) - Notice of change of name (to Keir Steele Waldon Lawyers)

The following forms have been approved by the President of the Mental Health Court on 9 September 2019 to take effect from 10 September 2019:

The above forms appeared in the Queensland Government Gazetted on 20 September 2019 and are available on the Forms page.

Practice Directions:

11 of 2019 (PDF, 215.8 KB) - Notice of change of name and address for service (Streten Masons Lawyers changed to SMS Law)
12 of 2019 (PDF, 209.1 KB) - Notice of change of name and address for service (ClarkeKann Lawyers changed to Sparke Helmore Lawyers)

Practice Directions:

19 of 2019 (PDF, 137.2 KB) - Change of address for service (The Will & All)
20 of 2019 (PDF, 137.1 KB) - Notice of change of name and address for service (ClarkeKann Lawyers changed to Sparke Helmore Lawyers)

The following forms have been approved:

Criminal Practice Rules 1999

Form 23 - Notice to be served with Form 21 Subpoena (DOC, 28.5 KB) - Version 4 approved on 3 September 2019

Form 24 - Notice to be served with Form 22 Subpoena (DOC, 27.5 KB) - Version 3 approved on 3 September 2019

Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999

Form 10C - Notice to defendant served outside the jurisdiction (DOCX, 28.4 KB) - Version 1 approved on 3 September 2019

Practice Direction 17 of 2019 (PDF, 134.0 KB) - Change of address for service (Mills Oakley Brisbane)

In the latest release of improvements, the Supreme Court Library Queensland has some new additions to their CaseLaw collections and is now making new civil judgments available on Twitter.

This release includes:

  • full text pdfs of over 7000 Queensland Supreme Court (QSC) decisions between 1984 and 2006
  • the launch of the library’s Twitter. Civil judgments of the Queensland Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, Trial Division are now posted on Twitter as soon as they are published on the website
  • a new filter to limit search results to criminal or civil decisions for QSC. Note: this is the second phase of implementing the search filter, with other jurisdictions included in a previous release and others to follow.

For help using CaseLaw or to provide feedback, visit the library website.

Practice Direction 18 of 2019 (PDF, 109.6 KB) - Notice of change of name and address for service (Streten Masons Lawyers to SMS Law)

Practice Direction 16 of 2019 (PDF, 138.5 KB) - Change of address for service (Ellem Warren Lawyers)

Practice Directions 7-10 of 2019

2019 of 10 (PDF, 231.4 KB) - Submissions by representatives of Community Justice Groups in the sentencing of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander persons
2019 of 09 (PDF, 44.7 KB) - Disposal of charges of summary offences - Sections 651 and 652, Criminal Code
2019 of 08 (PDF, 87.5 KB) - Evidence Act – Division 4a Evidence of affected children
2019 of 07 (PDF, 30.1 KB) - Designation of court holidays - Registry - 23 December 2019 to 3 January 2020

Practice Directions:

14 of 2019 (PDF, 136.5 KB) - Change of address for service (Jensen McConaghy Lawyers)
15 of 2019 (PDF, 218.5 KB) - Designation of court holidays - Registry - 23 December 2019 to 3 January 2020

Practice Direction 13 of 2019 (PDF, 139.8 KB) - Notice of change of name (Quinlan Miller and Treston Lawyers)

Practice Direction 12 of 2019 (PDF, 110.8 KB) - Notice of change of name (Harris Law changed to Resolve Estate Law)

Practice Directions:

14 of 2019 (PDF, 136.5 KB) - Change of address for service (Jensen McConaghy Lawyers)
15 of 2019 (PDF, 218.5 KB) - Designation of court holidays - Registry - 23 December 2019 to 3 January 2020

Supreme Court Library Queensland (SCLQ) is the official publisher of the unreported decisions of Queensland courts and tribunals. Decisions reported in the Queensland Reports are published on the Queensland Judgments website.

In the latest update to their CaseLaw service, SCLQ has made it easier to identify where there is an authorised reported version of a judgment and added a link to the reported decision on the Queensland Judgments website.

This release also includes:

  • a new filter to limit search results to civil or criminal cases for the Court of Appeal, Childrens Court and Magistrates Courts
  • updates to the My case list 'download all' feature—additional documents, such as case summaries, are now included when you 'download all selected records' from your case list
  • a new collection of historical decisions of the Industrial Court of Queensland and Queensland Industrial Relations Commission

For help using CaseLaw or to provide feedback, visit the library website.

Practice Direction 9 of 2019 (PDF, 118.8 KB) - Notice of change of name (Buckland Allen Criminal Lawyers Pty Ltd to Allen & Searing Criminal Lawyers Pty Ltd)

Practice Direction 8 of 2019 (PDF, 119.7 KB) - Notice of change of name (Bugden Legal to Bugden Allen Lawyers)

Regulated fee increase

The Governor in Council has approved an increase to court fees from 1 July 2019.

The new fees are contained in the Justice Legislation (Fees) Amendment Regulation 2019 and affect fees prescribed under the following regulations:

  • Appeal Costs Fund Regulation 2010
  • Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Regulation 2015
  • Criminal Practice (Fees) Regulation 2010
  • Jury Regulation 2007
  • Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Declarations Regulation 2007
  • Justices Regulation 2014
  • Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Regulation 2009
  • Recording of Evidence Regulation 2008
  • Uniform Civil Procedure (Fees) Regulation 2009 (UCPR)

Practice Directions:

6 of 2019 (PDF, 138.6 KB) - Change of address for service (Landers and Rogers Lawyers)
7 of 2019 (PDF, 139.0 KB) - Change of address for service (Enyo Lawyers)

Members of the public have received a malicious email claiming to be from the Brisbane Magistrates Court. The email advises that a civil application has been set down for an upcoming date and asks people to click on an attachment for details.

The email has the subject line ‘Affidavit and Application 3288/19’.

Please note that this email was not sent by Brisbane Magistrates Court, and the attachment appears to be malicious.

If you have received this email, please delete it immediately and do not open any attachments.

If you currently have a matter before the courts, or if you are expecting to attend court in the near future, please contact the relevant courthouse registry if you wish to confirm any details of your matter.

For advice on how to protect yourself online, visit www.staysmartonline.gov.au/.

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 2019 to 1.25%.

Default judgments

For the period 1 July – 31 December 2019 the rate will change to 5.25% (Cash rate of 1.25% + 4%).

Money orders

For the period 1 July – 31 December 2019 the rate will change to 7.25% (Cash rate of 1.25% + 6%).

Queensland Courts Interest rates page

The Queensland Courts website Interest rates page has been updated

In addition to the existing 37 locations, Daily law lists are now available online for the following 72 Magistrates Courts:

  • Alpha
  • Aurukun
  • Badu Island
  • Bamaga
  • Barcaldine
  • Beaudesert
  • Biloela
  • Birdsville
  • Blackall
  • Blackwater
  • Burketown
  • Caloundra
  • Camooweal
  • Charters Towers
  • Cherbourg
  • Childers
  • Chinchilla
  • Clermont
  • Cloncurry
  • Coen
  • Cooktown
  • Coolangatta
  • Cunnamulla
  • Dajarra
  • Dirranbandi
  • Doomadgee
  • Duaringa
  • Gatton
  • Gayndah
  • Goondiwindi
  • Gympie
  • Hope Vale
  • Hughenden
  • Inglewood
  • Julia Creek
  • Kowanyama
  • Kingaroy
  • Kynuna
  • Landsborough
  • Lockhart River
  • Longreach
  • Mitchell
  • Monto
  • Moranbah
  • Mornington Island
  • Murgon
  • Nambour
  • Nanango
  • Noosa
  • Normanton
  • Oakey
  • Palm Island
  • Petrie
  • Pittsworth
  • Pomona
  • Pormpuraaw
  • Quilpie
  • Richmond
  • Sarina
  • Springsure
  • St George
  • Stanthorpe
  • Tambo
  • Taroom
  • Thursday Island
  • Toogoolawah
  • Weipa
  • Winton
  • Woorabinda
  • Wujal Wujal
  • Yarrabah
  • Yeppoon

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Supreme Court Practice Direction 5 of 2019 (PDF, 140.2 KB) - Change of address for service (Denise Maxwell)

Practice Direction: 1 of 2019 (PDF, 252.6 KB) - Case management procedures (Repeals 1/2018)

Practice Direction: 2 of 2019 (PDF, 112.0 KB) - Power of ADR Registrar to make orders or issue directions (Repeals 2/2018)

The following new forms have been approved:

  • Form 137A - Interlocutory application for stay and referral to arbitration – foreign arbitration agreement (International Arbitration Act) (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137B - Originating application to enforce foreign award (International Arbitration Act) (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137C - Interlocutory application for referral to arbitration under article 8 of the Model Law (International Arbitration Act) (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137D - Originating application for issue of subpoena (International Arbitration Act) (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137E - Subpoena to attend for examination (International Arbitration Act) (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137F - Subpoena to produce documents (International Arbitration Act) (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137G - Subpoena to attend for examination and produce documents (International Arbitration Act) (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137H - Originating application for order to give evidence or produce documents (International Arbitration Act) (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137I - Originating application to prohibit or allow disclosure of confidential information (International Arbitration Act) (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137J - Originating application for relief under certain miscellaneous provisions of the Model Law (International Arbitration Act) (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137K - Application to set aside award under article 34 of the Model Law (International Arbitration Act) (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137L - Originating application to enforce award under article 35 of the Model Law (International Arbitration Act) (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137M - Originating application for leave to enforce award to which Part IV of the International Arbitration Act 1974 of the Commonwealth applies (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137N - Interlocutory application for referral to arbitration (Commercial Arbitration Act) (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137O - Originating application for issue of subpoena (Commercial Arbitration Act) (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137P - Subpoena to attend for examination (Commercial Arbitration Act) (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137Q - Subpoena to produce documents (Commercial Arbitration Act) (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137R - Subpoena to attend for examination and produce documents (Commercial Arbitration Act) (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137S - Originating application for order to give evidence or produce documents (Commercial Arbitration Act) (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137T - Originating application to prohibit or allow disclosure of confidential information (Commercial Arbitration Act) (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137U - Originating application for relief under certain miscellaneous provisions of the Commercial Arbitration Act 2013 (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137V - Originating application for determination of a question of law (Commercial Arbitration Act) (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137W - Originating application to set aside award (Commercial Arbitration Act) (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137X - Originating application for leave to appeal against award (Commercial Arbitration Act) (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)
  • Form 137Y - Originating application to enforce award (Commercial Arbitration Act) (version 1 approved on 5 February 2019)

Practice Direction 3 of 2019 (PDF, 110.1 KB) - Publication of transcripts and reports (Repeals 1/2019)

Supreme Court Library Queensland's new exhibition, 'Overturning terra nullius: the story of native title’ is now open in the Sir Harry Gibbs Legal Heritage Centre, ground floor, QEII Courts of Law.

With Captain James Cook’s declaration of sovereignty in 1770, all inhabitants of Australia became subject to the law of England and the native title rights of First Nation peoples to occupy, use and enjoy traditional lands were ignored. It would be over 220 years before the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) would restore some legal recognition of these original and enduring rights nationwide.

Learn about the people and the two judgments that were particularly influential in shaping native title law reform:

  • Mabo v Queensland (No. 2) [1992] HCA 23, in which the High Court of Australia recognised the Meriam people’s uninterrupted rights to land, and overturned the doctrine of terra nullius
  • Wik Peoples v Queensland [1996] HCA 40, in which the High Court ruled that native title and pastoral rights could coexist.

Free tours available for community and education groups—find out more.

Supreme Court Library Queensland is improving their CaseLaw service with a series of upgrades throughout early 2019.

In the CaseLaw release for March, they have:

  • improved search results for searches on specific sections of cited legislation
  • expanded citation searches to include searches for medium neutral citations and selected reported citations
  • added navigation links to move between the next or previous search result
  • added a new collection of case summaries recently produced by the Courts.

Visit CaseLaw help for more information or contact the library for support and training.

Mental Health Court Practice Direction 2 of 2019 (PDF, 124.8 KB) - Filing documents in the Mental Health Court registry (Repeals 6 of 2002)

Practice Direction 1 of 2018 (PDF, 277.1 KB) (Amended) - Referral to the Queensland Drug and Alcohol Court - Drug and Alcohol Treatment Order


Practice Direction 1 of 2019 (PDF, 197.6 KB) - Publication of transcripts and reports (Repeals 1/2015)

Magistrates Court Practice Direction 2 of 2019 (PDF, 156.8 KB) - Designation of court holidays - Registry - 23 December 2019 to 3 January 2020.

The official unreported judgments of Queensland courts and tribunals are published by Supreme Court Library Queensland on CaseLaw.

As well as having timely access to judgments (new cases are usually published within 24 hours of the library receiving them from the courts), everyone—including the judiciary, practitioners, researchers and community members—should have the ability to freely access and easily search the decisions of the courts.

In 2018, the library devoted significant time and resources to improving their online services to enable better access to justice for all Queenslanders. A key focus was the review and upgrade of their CaseLaw service, and they are pleased to announce the release of the first two stages of these upgrades.

  • Check out the new CaseLaw 'advanced search'
  • Sort and filter your search results
  • Save and view cases in My case list using your browser storage (no login required)
  • Browse the expanded collections

Visit the library website for more information.

If you need support or training in using the new CaseLaw search, contact the library.

Practice Direction 3 of 2019 (PDF, 430.5 KB) - Procedure for deciding compensation disputes and conduct and compensation disputes

Magistrates Court Practice Direction 1 of 2019 - (PDF, 47.2 KB) - Magistrates Court closure – Ingham, Palm Island, Townsville - Registry closure - February 2019 - Amended


Practice Direction 1 of 2019 (PDF, 143.1 KB) - Notice of change of name and address for service (Saunders Downing Hely to Saunders Downing Legal)

Practice direction 1 of 2019 (PDF, 600.8 KB) - eTrial (Electronic hearings)

Practice direction 2 of 2019 (PDF, 596.7 KB) - Filing documents electronically in the Land Court of Queensland

District Court Practice Direction 8 of 2018 (PDF, 96.7 KB) - Repeal of Practice Direction number 13 of 2014 Serious drug offence certificates

The Standardised Bail Conditions are not a practice direction. They have been developed by the Streamlining Criminal Justice Committee and the Rules Committee to be used as an aid by practitioners and their clients to help draft orders made when bail is granted.

The conditions are intended to be clearer proposed bail conditions expressed in more direct language to assist those granted bail to understand their obligations better.

A pilot program that reminds people, who are on bail, when they next need to return to court has been operating at the Mackay Magistrates Court since June 2016. With the intention of reducing the number of people on bail who fail to appear, participants have been reminded via an SMS text message of the date and time for their next appearance.

The SMS reminder service will be expanded to all Magistrates Courts in Queensland from 7 December 2018.

The SMS reminder service will be available to all participant who are:

  • adults (18 years and over)
  • have been granted bail on an undertaking from the Magistrates Court or Police watchhouse
  • have supplied a mobile phone number to Police when charged or have supplied a mobile phone number when signing their bail undertaking.

The SMS reminders will be sent to participants one business day before they are listed to appear in the court.

There has been no change to the Reserve Bank rate (cash rate) to be applied by registrars to default judgments and money orders from 1 January 2019.

Default judgments

For the period 1 January – 30 June 2019 the rate is to remain as 5.5% (cash rate of 1.5% + 4%).

Money orders

For the period 1 January – 30 June 2019 the rate is to remain 7.5% (cash rate of 1.5% + 6%).

Queensland Courts interest rates page

The Queensland Courts website interest rates page has been updated.

The following forms have been approved:

New versions

  • Form 01 - Document title (version 2 - approved on 8 October 2018)
  • Form 02 - Originating application (version 3 - approved on 8 October 2018)
  • Form 03 - Interlocutory application (version 3 - approved on 8 October 2018)
  • Form 08 - Consent of liquidator/provisional liquidator (version 3 - approved on 8 October 2018)

New

  • Form 19 - Consent to act as a designated person (version 1 - approved on 8 October 2018)
  • Form 20 - Notice of filing of application for recognition of foreign proceeding (version 1 - approved on 8 October 2018)
  • Form 21 - Notice of making of order under the Cross‑Border Insolvency Act 2008 (version 1 - approved on 8 October 2018)
  • Form 22 - Notice of dismissal or withdrawal of application for recognition of foreign proceeding (version 1 - approved on 8 October 2018)
  • Form 23 - Notice of filing of application to modify or terminate an order for recognition or other relief (version 1 - approved on 8 October 2018)

Practice Direction 27 of 2018 (PDF, 136.4 KB) - Change of address for service (Jason Nott Solicitors)

Practice Direction 4 of 2018 (PDF, 71.2 KB) - Repeal of practice directions - electronic filing of documents in the Magistrates Court

Practice Direction 7 of 2018 (PDF, 191.1 KB) - Notice of change of name (Cronin Litigation Lawyers to Cronin Miller Litigation)

  • Practice Direction 24/2018 (PDF, 139.5 KB) - Change of address for service (JHK Legal Australia Pty Ltd)
  • Practice Direction 25/2018 (PDF, 132.3 KB) -  Notice of change of name (Cronin Litigation Lawyers to Cronin Miller Litigants)

Land Court Practice direction 5/2018 (PDF, 554.0 KB) - Designation of court holiday - Registry - 24 December 2018 to 4 January 2019

Welcome to the CSQ Strategic Plan for 2018-2021 (PDF, 909.4 KB)!  Our focus is on building a modern and agile courts service over the next three years. It has been developed with public value in mind, placing Queenslanders at the heart of why and how we deliver our services. This plan is a guiding document which sets out where we would like to be by 2021 and when delivered, will make a positive difference for all Queenslanders.

Practice Direction 19/2018 (PDF, 141.1 KB) - Change of address for service (ClarkeKann Lawyers)

Practice Direction 17/2018 (PDF, 208.5 KB) - Designation of court holidays - Registry - 24 December 2018 to 4 January 2019

Regulated fee increase

The Governor in Council has approved an increase to court fees from 1 July 2018.

The new fees are contained in the Justice Legislation (Fees) Amendment Regulation 2018 and affect fees prescribed under the following regulations:

  • Appeal Costs Fund Regulation 2010
  • Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Regulation 2015
  • Criminal Practice (Fees) Regulation 2010
  • Jury Regulation 2007
  • Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Declarations Regulation 2007
  • Justices Regulation 2014
  • Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Regulation 2009
  • Recording of Evidence Regulation 2008
  • Uniform Civil Procedure (Fees) Regulation 2009 (UCPR)


Practice Direction 4/2018 (PDF, 193.4 KB) - Notice of change of name (Milton Graham Lawyers to CLI Lawyers)

There has been no change to the Reserve Bank rate (cash rate) to be applied by registrars to default judgments and money orders from 1 July 2018.

Default judgments

For the period 1 July–31 December 2018 the rate is to remain as 5.5% (Cash rate of 1.5% + 4%).

Money orders

For the period 1 July–31 December 2018 the rate is to remain 7.5% (Cash rate of 1.5% + 6%).

Queensland Courts Interest rates page

The Queensland Courts website Interest rates page has been updated.

Practice Direction 1/2018 (PDF, 210.7 KB) - Notice of change name (Moloney MacCallum Lawyers to Moloney MacCallum Abdelshahied Lawyers)

Practice Direction 2/2018 (PDF, 215.0 KB) - Notice of change of name and address for service (TressCox to HWL Ebsworth Lawyers - Brisbane)

Practice Direction 3/2018 (PDF, 217.5 KB) - Notice of change name (Rostron Carlyle Lawyers to Rostron Carlyle Rojas Lawyers)

Practice Direction 9 of 2018 (PDF, 149.9 KB) - Notice of change of name (Rostron Carlyle Lawyers to Rostron Carlyle and Rojas Lawyers)

The Youth Justice and Other Legislation (Inclusion of 17-year-old Persons) Amendment Act 2016 commences on 12 February 2018, meaning young offenders aged 17 will be dealt with in the youth justice system. Until this date, 17-year-olds will continue to be managed through the adult justice system. Read more>>

New domestic and family violence statistical data about:

  • application for domestic violence protection orders lodged
  • domestic violence orders made
  • criminal charges lodged relating to domestic and family violence

will be available monthly.

Read more>>

Practice Direction 7/2018 (PDF, 104.0 KB) - Change of address for service (Kemp Strang)

Practice Direction 8/2018 (PDF, 108.3 KB) - Change of address for service (Streton Mason Lawyers)

Effective from Monday 11 June 2018, the regular listings days for Corporations Court will be Monday and Thursday. The decision to change the regular listings days to Monday and Thursday (from Monday, Wednesday and Friday) was made following consultation with stakeholders.

Practice Direction 1/2018 (PDF, 71.3 KB) - Case management procedures

Practice Direction 2/2018 (PDF, 108.3 KB) - Power of ADR registrar to make orders or issue directions

Practice Direction 3/2018 (PDF, 651.4 KB) - Procedure for court managed expert evidence

Practice Direction 4/2018 (PDF, 303.2 KB) - Procedure for mining objection hearings

Practice Direction 1/2018 (PDF, 233.0 KB) - Alternative Dispute Resolution panel mediation

Version 3 of the Childrens Court Act 1992, Form 25 – Affidavit (DOCX, 28.5 KB) has been approved for use from 27 February 2018 and is available on the Forms page.

Practice Directions 6 of 2018 (PDF, 143.9 KB) - Notice of change of name and address for service (TressCox Lawyers to HWL Ebsworth Lawyers)

Practice Direction 4/2018 (PDF, 136.4 KB) - Change of address for service (MacDonnells Law - Brisbane)

Practice Direction 5/2018 (PDF, 140.2 KB) - Change of address for service (MacDonnells Law - Cairns)

Practice Direction 3/2018 (PDF, 143.8 KB) - Notice of change of name (Moloney MacCallum Lawyers changed to Moloney MacCallum Abdelshahied Lawyers)

The Land Court has developed a set of model directions (PDF, 589.1 KB) to guide parties in the pre-hearing management of cases before the court. It includes directions for most pre-hearing steps, including issue identification, disclosure, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), and expert evidence procedures. A glossary of terms is included to assist those unfamiliar with court procedures.

The model directions can be adapted for use in simple disputes and those involving multiple fields of expertise. The court expects parties to use the model directions, amended or supplemented to reflect the particular circumstances of the case, when proposing directions for their case.

The court will revise the model directions periodically. Read more>>

Practice Direction 2/2018 (PDF, 135.0 KB) - Designation of court holidays – Registry – 24 December 2018 to 4 January 2019

Practice Direction 1/2018 (PDF, 277.1 KB) - Referral to the Drug and Alcohol Court – Drug and Alcohol Treatment Order (Treatment Order

Practice Direction 1/2018 (PDF, 125.0 KB) - Change of address for service (Lynch Andrews Lawyers)

There has been no change to the Reserve Bank rate (cash rate) to be applied by registrars to default judgments and money orders from 1 January 2018.

Default judgments

For the period 1 January – 30 June 2018 the rate is to remain as 5.5% (cash rate of 1.5% + 4%).

Money orders

For the period 1 January – 30 June 2018 the rate is to remain 7.5% (cash rate of 1.5% + 6%).

Queensland Courts Interest rates page

The Queensland Courts website Interest rates page has been updated.

Practice Direction 26/2017 (PDF, 121.7 KB) - Change of address for service (Thynne and Macartney)

A new civil case management process is being trialled in the Brisbane Supreme Court for 12 months from October 2017. The process is designed to assist litigants, in those cases proceeding to trial to:

  1. refine and reduce the issues to be tried
  2. develop a basic trial plan.

Read more>>

The following forms have been approved:

Criminal Practice Rules 1999

Form 23 - Notice to be served with Form 21 (DOC, 28.5 KB) - Version 2 approved on 31 July 2017
Form 24 - Notice to be served with Form 22 (DOC, 27.5 KB) - Version 2 approved on 31 July 2017

Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999

Form 41 - Subpoena for production (DOC, 34.5 KB) - Version 2 approved on 31 July 2017
Form 42 - Subpoena to give evidence (DOC, 32.0 KB) - Version 2 approved on 31 July 2017
Form 43 - Subpoena for production and to give evidence (DOC, 35.0 KB) - Version 2 approved on 31 July 2017

Version 3 of Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 Form 104 - Affidavit of publication and service (DOC, 29.0 KB) has been approved for use from 24 November 2017 and is available on the Forms page.

This version of the form was first published on the Queensland Courts website on 24 November 2017.

New laws have been introduced nationwide to improve the protection of domestic violence victims. All Domestic Violence Orders issued from 25 November 2017 will automatically be nationally recognised and enforceable. Read more>>

Practice Direction 24/2017 (PDF, 137.9 KB) - Change of address for service (A New Direction Pty Ltd)

The justice system depends on witnesses and parties being able to attend court and give evidence without undue influence or pressure. This includes protection from vilification, in any form of communication, which may prejudice a pending proceeding, as well as protection from physical obstruction. Read more (PDF, 322.2 KB)

Practice Direction 21/2017 (PDF, 126.7 KB) - Change of address for service (Avant Law Pty Ltd)

Practice Direction 8/2017 (PDF, 193.9 KB) - Notice of change of name (Ross Mangano Solicitors to Ross Mangano Solicitors Pty Ltd)

Practice Directions:

Practice Direction 7/2017 (PDF, 199.9 KB) - Designation of court holidays - Registry - 25 December 2017 to 5 January 2018

Supreme Court Practice Direction 22 of 1997 (PDF, 13.9 KB) (Remittal of actions to District Courts) has been repealed and Supreme Court Practice Direction 4 of 2010 (PDF, 217.3 KB) (Consent orders of the registrar) has been reissued with an amendment to paragraph 5(h). Applications for consent orders of the registrar to transfer a Supreme Court proceeding to the District Court are now to be made using UCPR form 59A (not the consent form that was required under PD 22/1997).

Practice Direction 17/2017 (PDF, 186.9 KB) - Designation of court holidays - Registry - 25 December 2017 to 5 January 2018

Practice Direction 7/2017 (PDF, 187.6 KB) - Designation of court holidays - Registry - 25 December 2017 to 5 January 2018

Practice Directions:

15/2017 (PDF, 143.5 KB) - Notice of change of name (Fenton O'Shea Law to Lexsolve Lawyers)

16/2017 (PDF, 144.9 KB) - Notice of change of name (Kaden Boriss Legal to DWF (Australia)

Practice Direction 14/2017 (PDF, 56.2 KB) - Rule 599(2) Uniform Civil Procedure Rules - Approval of publication

Communiqué (PDF, 263.9 KB) - Practice Direction 14 of 2017 Rule 599(2) Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999, Approval of publication

Members of the media are reminded that when making an application to the court (using Form 1) for the copying of an exhibit for publication under rule 56A of the Criminal Practice Rules 1999 they must satisfy the court of the nature of proposed or potential publication and that publication of the exhibit is in the interest of the public or some other legitimate interest.

Practice Direction 3/2017 (PDF, 194.8 KB) - Notice of change of name (Williams Graham Carman to WGC Lawyers Pty Ltd)

Practice Direction 4/2017 (PDF, 195.9 KB) - Notice of change of name (Bob Bogie & Co to Bogie & Co)

Practice Direction 6/2017 (PDF, 200.0 KB) - Change of address for service (Connor O'Meara Solicitors)

Practice Direction 7/2017 (PDF, 112.3 KB) - Notice of change of name (Bob Bogie & Co to Bogie & Co)

Practice Direction 5/2017 (PDF, 120.9 KB) - Notice of change of name (Williams Graham Carman to WGC Lawyers Pty Ltd)

Practice Direction 5/2017 - Applications made under the Peace and Good Behaviour Act 1982

Practice Direction 9/2014 (PDF, 249.2 KB) - Management of controlled items in court precincts (amended)

Practice Direction 2/2017 (PDF, 291.5 KB) - Management of controlled items in court precincts

Practice Direction 4/2017 (PDF, 220.2 KB) - Change of address for service (AJ & Co Lawyers)

Practice Direction 6/2017 (PDF, 183.2 KB) - Engaging interpreters for domestic and family violence civil proceedings in Magistrates Court

Practice Direction 4/2017 (PDF, 144.0 KB) - Designation of court holidays - Registry - 26 December 2017 - 5 January 2018

Practice Direction 3/2017 (PDF, 55.2 KB) - Designation of court holidays - Registry - Thursday 30 March 2017

New Land Court Act 2000 forms are available:

  • Form 19 - Mediator's certificate
  • Form 20 - Authority to act as agent

Practice Direction 2/2017 (PDF, 168.6 KB) - Case conferences and callovers to conclusion in criminal matters in the Childrens Court

Practice Direction 1/2017 (PDF, 259.9 KB) - Mental Health Act 2016 proceedings in the Magistrates Courts

New Mental Health Act 2016 forms are available:

  • Form 01 - Findings and orders
  • Form 02 - Order - Appeals and stays
  • Form 03 - Reference of person's mental state to the Mental Health Court
  • Form 04 - Notice of appeal against decisions of Mental Health Reveiw Tribunal
  • Form 05 - Notice to withdraw appeal against decision of Mental Health Review Tribunal
  • Form 06 - Notice of hearing
  • Form 07 - Notice of requirement to bring person before Mental Health Court
  • Form 08 - Application for review of a person's detention
  • Form 09 - Application to withdraw reference
  • Form 10 - Application for confidentiality order
  • Form 11 - Subpoena to produce documents
  • Form 12 - Subpoena to attend court and give evidence
  • Form 13 - Attachment - schedule of offences
  • Form 14 - Attachment - further details
  • Form 15 - Exhibit/Appearance list (applications and appeals)
  • Form 16 - Exhibit/Appearance list (reference)
  • Form 17 - Recommendation or request for court examination order on reference

New Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 forms are available:

Practice Direction 2/2017 (PDF, 165.6 KB) - Guidelines for the use of concurrent evidence

  • Practice Direction 1/2017 (PDF, 37.4 KB) - Previous assisting psychiatrist reporting to the Mental Health Court
  • Practice Direction 2/2017 (PDF, 118.3 KB) - Transitional provision: Additional offending referred to court after Mental Health Act 2016

Practice Direction 1/2017 (PDF, 181.5 KB) - Case management procedures for compensation determinations relating to resource projects

Practice Direction 1/2017 (PDF, 105.5 KB) - Rule 599(3) Uniform Civil Procedure Rules - Approval of newspapers for publication of notices

Queensland Courts are committed to providing every person in contact with us the very best service possible. That is why we have a Service commitment that explains what we can and will do to assist all court users. Read the Service commitment (PDF, 392.8 KB)

The new Recording and Broadcasting of Judgment Remarks Protocol sets out arrangements and procedures for the recording and broadcasting of the Court’s judgment remarks by accredited media, to ensure fair and accurate reporting and to increase the accessibility of court proceedings. The protocol also ensures that proceedings are run efficiently and fairly.

Application process

Accredited media may apply to the Court to record and broadcast judgment remarks using the application form, which is to be submitted by email to the Court's Information Officer.

The following new versions which commenced on 2 September, 2016 are now available:

  • 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

Practice Direction 3/2016 - Designation of court holidays - Registry - 26 December 2016 to 6 January 2017

Practice Direction 7/2016 - Designation of court holidays - Registry - 26 December 2016 to 6 January 2017

Practice Direction 15/2016 - Designation of court holidays - Registry - 26 December 2016 to 6 January 2017

We have speech-enabled our website using BrowseAloud to make our information more accessible. BrowseAloud is free software that can be useful if:

  • you prefer to listen to information instead of reading it
  • English is your second language
  • you need help to read
  • you have a visual impairment.

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