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

Practice Direction 8/2019 (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)

Oliver Wendell Holmes and the First Amendment
Presented by Lionel Hogg

Thursday 18 July 2019
5.15 for 5.30pm
The Banco Court, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law
Level 3, 415 George Street, Brisbane

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr (1841–1935) was a scholar and jurist of indisputable brilliance, widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential judges in the English speaking world.

Holmes' legacy included validation on many of the great issues of his time, particularly protection of freedom of expression and the permissibility of social welfare legislation. Of all of his opinions, nothing defines his life’s work better than his famous approach to the First Amendment.

In the centenary year of his most famous dissent, this lecture will examine a man of complexity and apparent contradictions through the prism of his approach to freedom of speech cases, and seeks to identify what contemporary lawyers can learn from Holmes’ life experience, philosophy and eloquent contributions to the law.

Join us for refreshments in the Portrait Gallery after the lecture.

Registrations close 11 July—please bring your ticket for quick check-in.

Register now

CPD points: 1 point per hour, self-assessed (BAQ and QLS)

For more information:

4 June to 30 August

Free entry, weekdays from 8.30am to 4.30pm

Supreme Court Library Queensland

Level 12, QEII Courts of Law

2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the restoration of the District Court of Queensland.

This curated historical display contains many items that explore the court’s first year of operation. It also highlights the critical role judges Sir Dormer Andrews, William Grant-Taylor and Ralph Cormack played in successfully re-establishing the new court.

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Practice Directions:

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

Are you tired of browsing Supreme Court Library Queensland's (SCLQ) collections of sentencing remarks and case summaries, and still not finding what you're looking for?

SCLQ has been working hard to improve access to their CaseLaw collections. In the latest CaseLaw upgrades, they have implemented a new collection-specific search capability for case summaries and sentencing remarks.

You can now:

  • search these collections by keywords and party names
  • refine your search by court or judge
  • sort your results by judgment or publishing date.

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

2 May to 5 September 2019
Free exhibition


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

Between 2016 and 2017 Julie Fragar attended a number of criminal trials in the Supreme Court of Queensland as an observer from the public gallery. Fragar was interested in the moments where a person's private life becomes open to public scrutiny and she analysed the way in which a court case compresses a person's biographical history into a short, hard narrative. Based on this experience, Fragar created Next Witness.

The five large scale paintings in Next Witness cut across time, space and perspectives, to consider—all at once—a crime's circumstances, the courtroom as a very specific social space and the inextricable role of the public as witness.

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

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

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

Civil trial dates up to December 2019, can now be allocated. To obtain trial dates and for information about electronic set down for trial, contact the Civil List Manager.

Free guided tours of QEII Courts of Law with the Supreme Court Library Queensland (SCLQ)

As part of its Law Week 2019 celebrations, SCLQ invites you to join one of two free behind-the-scenes tours of the Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law in Brisbane on 14 and 17 May. Tours include the library, Banco Court, the portrait gallery, and a courtroom.

Book early to avoid missing out. Numbers are strictly limited and bookings are essential (strictly no walk-ins). Visit the library website for details.

These tours are part of Queensland's new Law, Crime and Justice Trail—a journey through Queensland's legal system. The four institutions behind the Trail have opened their doors for Law Week 2019. Visit the Brisbane Living Heritage Network website for the full program.

Image: Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda (Sally Gabori), detail of Dibirdibi Country,
2012. Banco Court, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, Brisbane.

Lecture one—the third annual Lord Atkin lecture

Rhetoric and reality: the making of English medieval legislation
Presented by Professor Paul Brand

Thursday, 23 May 2019
5.15 for 5.30pm
Followed by refreshments

Registrations

Register online by 16 May 2019

Read more about the lecture>>

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)

100 years after Federation. Is it different?

Presented by the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor-Delegate of New South Wales:

Monday, 13 May 2019

5:15 for 5:30pm

The Banco Court, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law
Level 3, 415 George Street, Brisbane.

Kicking off Law Week 2019, this short dissertation will examine the similarities and the differences in thinking on legal, social and economic issues in the years after the Federation of Australia and in the first two decades of the 21st Century.

Enjoy refreshments in the Portrait Gallery after the lecture.

Registrations close 7 May— for quick check-in, please bring your ticket.

REGISTER NOW

CPD points: 1 point per hour, self assessed (BAQ and QLS)

For more information:

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

Supreme Court Practice Direction 4 of 2010 (PDF, 186.7 KB) - reissued on 8 April 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.

You can now listen to popular Selden Society lecture podcasts!

The Supreme Court Library Queensland is pleased to announce the brand new—Selden Society lecture series podcast!

Every month the library will be releasing a new podcast featuring a popular lecture from its Selden Society lecture series. Listen to expert and experienced judicial officers, legal professionals and academics explore the cases, people, events and stories of our unique legal heritage and the common law.

Episode 2: Leading cases of the common law—McKenzie v McKenzie [1971] P 33* Ian Hanger AM QC

In McKenzie v McKenzie [1971] P 33, the English Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed the important principle that any person conducting proceedings in court is entitled to quiet assistance from a person of their choice.

Listen to Ian Hangar AM QC—the original ‘McKenzie’s friend’—share his experiences of his role in McKenzie v McKenzie, and its subsequent influence on the modern practice of allowing parties in a trial process the assistance of a ‘McKenzie friend’.

Listen: iTunesSpotify or RSS feed
Duration:
43 minutes
Broadcast: 22 June 2017, Banco Court, Brisbane

Read 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, 131.4 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)


Practice Direction 4 of 2019 (PDF, 125.1 KB) - Change of address for service (Rouse Lawyers)

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

Supreme Court Practice Direction 3/2019 (PDF, 132.8 KB) - Re-opening of Townsville registry

Practice Direction 3/2019 (PDF, 213.8 KB) - Re-opening of Townsville registry

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, 813.9 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 1/2019 (PDF, 143.1 KB) - Notice of change of name and address for service (Saunders Downing Hely to Saunders Downing Legal)

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

Practice direction 2/2019 (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.

Supreme Court Library Queensland is reviewing the Queensland Sentencing Information Service (QSIS), and is seeking your feedback to help understand your experience and perception of QSIS. Your feedback will help the library to improve QSIS.

Can you spare 10–15 minutes to complete the survey?

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 26 of 2018 (PDF, 138.2 KB) - Change of address for service (Sajen Legal)

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.

The Supreme Court Library has opened its latest legal heritage display, From the ashes: the Supreme Court Fire of 1968.

On 1 September 1968, the historic Queensland Supreme Court building The Supreme Court building in 1968 after the firewas set alight by arsonist David Brooks, leaving much of the building in ruins, and seriously damaging library books and portraits hanging in the Judges’ Hall.

The Library's legal heritage collection contains many items from this period, and they are now on display in the library to mark the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court fire.

From the ashes: a brief history

In the early hours of a cold Brisbane morning in 1968, David Bertram Brooks—a man ‘sour on the world’—entered the unlocked front door of Queensland’s historic Supreme Court.

Resentful of the police and the justice system for his frequent arrests, Brooks made his way to the judges’ chambers and set the building alight. On his way out, he drove a knife into an associate’s desk and scribbled the note 'judge not lest you be judged sinner'.

Photograph courtesy of and copyright the Hon Kenneth Mackenzie.
Donated to the Supreme Court Library heritage collection by His Excellency the Hon Paul de Jersey AC.

Read more>>

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

Practice Direction 18/2018 (PDF, 301.4 KB) - Efficient conduct of civil litigation

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

Practice Direction 3/2018 (PDF, 172.1 KB) - Non-party access to bail files before hearing

Practice Direction 1/2014 (PDF, 482.1 KB) (Amended) - Electronic devices in courtrooms

Practice Direction 14/2018 (PDF, 50.4 KB) - Change of address for service (Piper Alderman)

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 8/2014 (PDF, 260.7 KB) - Electronic devices in courtrooms (amended)

Practice Direction 13 of 2018 (PDF, 227.4 KB) - Non-party access to bail files before hearing


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

Practitioners are reminded that pursuant to District Court Practice Direction 2 of 2010 (PDF, 33.4 KB) and Supreme Court Practice Direction 4 of 2010 (PDF, 217.3 KB), if a party is legally represented the Request for Consent Order form must be signed by a solicitor personally and must state the solicitor’s name and the firm name.

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, 657.7 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, 920.1 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, 138.8 KB) - Change of address for service (SLF Lawyers)

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, 131.4 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 27/2017 (PDF, 167.0 KB) - Change of address for service (McBride Legal)

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, 27.5 KB) - Version 2 approved on 31 July 2017
Form 24 - Notice to be served with Form 22 (DOC, 26.5 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

Practice Direction 25/2017 (PDF, 125.8 KB) - Change of address for service (TdK Law)

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

Practice Direction 18/2017 (PDF, 27.5 KB) - Repeal of practice directions

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 4/2017 (PDF, 131.9 KB) - Case management complex cases

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)

Communiqué - Land Access Ombudsman Act 2017

Practice Direction 12/2010 (amended) (PDF, 151.0 KB) - Witnesses giving evidence in committal proceedings

Communique (PDF, 537.1 KB) - Land Court ADR Panel - invitation to apply for appointment

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

Practice Direction 6/2017 (PDF, 32.1 KB) - Costs in recommendatory matters

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 8/2017 (PDF, 199.7 KB) - Change of address for service (Devenish Law)

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 1/2017 (PDF, 100.8 KB) - Applications list - Outline of argument

Read the evaluations of the Specialist Domestic and Family Violence Court Trial in Southport:

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 5/2017 (PDF, 121.7 KB) - Representation by agents

Practice Direction 4/2017 (PDF, 301.6 KB) - Direct access briefing

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

Practice Direction 3/2017 (PDF, 240.2 KB) - Court supervised mediation guidelines

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, 222.6 KB) - Representative proceedings

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)

Practice Direction 18/2016 - Change of address for service (Wotton + Kearney Brisbane)

Practice Direction 17/2016 - Change of address for service

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.

Practice Direction 16/2016 - Change of address for service

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.

What BrowseAloud can do

BrowseAloud is software that can read online content out loud to you in different languages.
BrowseAloud can:

  • read web pages out loud in a human-sounding voice
  • read PDF and Word documents out loud
  • highlight each word as it is spoken to show you where you are on the page
  • magnify text to your chosen font size and font style
  • translate word-for-word between different languages
  • look up dictionary definitions
  • convert text to MP3
  • mask information on the screen to help you focus on a particular area.

More information about using BrowseAloud.

The callover sittings list for 2017 is now available.

The Land Court has published Volume 35 of the Queensland Land Court Reports (QLCRs).

This volume contains selected decisions of the Land Court and Land Appeal Court of Queensland from 2014.

Copies are available for purchase from the Land Court and Tribunal registry at a cost of $137.50 (including GST). Past volumes of the QLCRs are also available for purchase at the same rate.

The Land Court and Tribunal registry is located on Level 8 of the Brisbane Magistrates Court building, 363 George Street, Brisbane. Requests can be made in person, by email at landcourt@justice.qld.gov.au ( mailto:landcourt@justice.qld.gov.au ) or by telephone on (07) 3247 5193.

Practice Direction 14/2016 - Change of address for service

Practice Direction 13/2016 - Change of address for service

Practice Direction 12/2016 - Change of address for service

Practice Direction 6/2016 - Notice of change of name

Practice Direction 11/2016 - Notice of change of name

Regulated fee increase

The Governor in Council has approved an increase to court fees from 1 July 2016.

The new fees are contained in the Justice Legislation (Fees) Amendment Regulation (No. 1) 2016 and affect fees prescribed under the following regulations:

  • Appeal Costs Fund Regulation 2010
  • 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)

Note that fees taken in relation to Births, Deaths and Marriages are to increase as well, however that increase will take effect from 4 July 2016.

Additionally, Planning and Environment Court fees contained in the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 will increase from 4 July 2016.

Due to a change in the Reserve Bank Rate (cash rate) the interest rate to be applied by registrars to default judgments and money orders will vary from 1 July 2016.

Default Judgments

For the period 1 July–31 December 2016 the rate is 5.75% (cash rate of 1.75% + 4%).

Money Orders

For the period 1 July–31 December 2016 the rate is 7.75% (cash rate of 1.75% + 6%).

Queensland Courts Interest rates page

The Interest rates page and the Interest calculator on this website have been updated accordingly.

Commencing 4 July 2016, the Office of the State Coroner will change its name to the Coroners Court of Queensland. The change will better identify where this organisation sits within the Queensland Courts structure.

What does this mean for you?

Simply a new identity with the same professional service.

There will be no changes to our email addresses or phone numbers.

There will simply be a change to the name of the state office and regions as follows:

  • Coroners Court of Queensland
  • Coroners Court of Queensland – Northern Region
  • Coroners Court of Queensland – Central Region
  • Coroners Court of Queensland – Southern Region

If you have any questions please contact the office on:

In addition to the existing 14 locations, online Daily law lists are now available for the following 22 Magistrates Courts:

  • Atherton
  • Ayr
  • Bowen
  • Bundaberg
  • Charleville
  • Cleveland
  • Dalby
  • Emerald
  • Gladstone
  • Hervey Bay
  • Innisfail
  • Mareeba
  • Maryborough
  • Mossman
  • Proserpine
  • Redcliffe
  • Richlands
  • Roma
  • Sandgate
  • Tully
  • Warwick
  • Wynnum

To view the Daily law lists, follow the link or click on the Daily law lists link on the home page (see copy of link below).

Practice Direction 4/2016 - Queensland Integrated Court Referrals

Practice Directions:

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

Practice Directions:

  • 1/2016 -  Provision of electronic documents to the Land Court
  • 2/2016 - Electronic hearings (eTrial)

The Supreme Court and the District Court in Queensland have released a report that examines the recording and broadcasting of court hearings. The Electronic Publication of Court Proceedings: Report - April 2016 is the result of a research and public consultation process by a committee of judges, chaired by Court of Appeal President Margaret McMurdo AC.

More >>

Practice Direction 10/2016 - Change of address for service

Practice Direction 9/2016 - Change of address for service

Practice Direction 2/2016 - Queensland Murri Court

Civil trial dates up to 31 August 2016, can now be allocated. To obtain trial dates and for information about electronic set down for trial, contact the Civil List Manager.

Practice Direction 12/2014 - Digitally recorded proceedings: means of identifying proceeding, those appearing, and witnesses was originally released on 13 October 2014 and amended on 6 April 2016.

Practice Direction 7/2014 - Digitally recorded proceedings: means of identifying proceeding, those appearing, and witnesses was originally released on 17 February 2014 and amended on 6 April 2016.

All records relating to name changes (Deed polls) filed in the Brisbane Supreme Court between the years 1857 and 2004 have been transferred to Queensland State Archives for permanent storage. These records form part of Queensland’s documentary cultural heritage, they also provide evidence of significant life events and rights and entitlements of individuals within the community and have enduring and permanent value to the government and people of Queensland.

Practitioners and members of the public wanting to inspect or obtain copies of these records are advised to contact Queensland State Archives through the, Deed polls (change of name record) web page.

For name change records filed outside of Brisbane up until 1 February 2004, requests for access can be submitted via the Queensland Government website, Your rights, crime and the law, Search and copy court documents.

If you would like to inspect or copy name change records that happened after 1 February 2004, please contact the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages by telephoning 1300 366 430 to arrange this.

Practice Direction 8/2016 - Change of address for service

Practice Direction 7/2016 - Change of address for service

Practice Direction 6/2016 - Change of address for service

Practice Direction 3/2016 - Applications for excusal from jury service

Practice Direction 4/2016 - Notice of change of name

Practice Direction 2/2016 - Notice of change of name

Practice Direction 3/2016 - Change of address for service

2016/01 - Queensland Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment (QMERIT) Program

Practice Direction 1/2016 - Notice of change of name

Practice Direction 2/2016 - Notice of change of name

Practice Direction 1/2016 - Change of address for service

Practice Direction 3/2015 - Proceedings using video link facilities and audio link facilities

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, 2016.

Default judgments

For the period 1 January–30 June 2016 the rate is to remain as 6% (Cash Rate of 2% + 4%).

Money orders

For the period 1 January–30 June 2016 the rate is to remain 8% (Cash Rate of 2% + 6%).

Queensland Courts Interest rates page

The Queensland Courts website Interest rates page has been updated.

Practice Direction 24/2015 - Change of address for service

Practice Direction 9/2015 - Domestic violence offences

Practice Direction 2/2015 - Domestic violence offences

Practice Direction 23/2015 - Domestic violence offences

8/2015 - Designation of court holidays for the 2015-2016 Christmas period

9/2015 - Approved forms

Practice Directions 20-21/2015

  • 20/2015 - Change of name for service
  • 21/2015 - Notice of change of name and address for service

Practice Direction 19/2015 - Designation of court holidays - Registry - 21 December 2015 to 1 January 2016

The Queensland Courts Service has been advised that numerous courthouses around the state have been contacted by members of the public who have received an email requesting their appearance at a nominated date and time at a specific courthouse.The email also requests they bring with them the documents attached to the email.

The emails have been sent from random email addresses that are NOT connected to Queensland Courts or the Department of Justice and Attorney-General, and appear to be spam.  However, it is unknown whether the email and its attachments are malicious.

As a precaution, do not open or attempt to open the attached documents if you have received such an email.  Please contact the nominated courthouse and ask if there are any upcoming court appearances in your name.

If you have already opened the attachments, you should run a security scan of your computer and may wish to modify your email filters and notify your ISP/email service provider.

Practice Direction 1/2015 - Designation of court holidays - Registry - 21 December 2015 to 1 January 2016

Practice Direction 18 of 2015 - Change of address for service

Practice Direction 17/2015 - Commercial list - amendment of Practice Direction 3 of 2002

Have you ever been curious about how jurors are selected for Jury Service? A short video is now available to explain the jury selection process. The video also offers interesting information about jury service in Queensland. View the video. The new video complements the existing suite of videos about jury service from empanelment through to the completion of trial. See all jury videos.

Practice Directions:

  • 3/2015 - Notice of change of name - Warren Gardiner and Co to Beckhaus Legal
  • 4/2015 - Notice of change of name - de Korte Lawyers to TdK Law

Practice Directions:

  • 3/2015 - Notice of change of name - Warren Gardiner and Co to Beckhaus Legal
  • 4/2015 - Notice of change of name - de Korte Lawyers to TdK Law

Practice Direction 16/2015 - Notice of change of name

Practice Directions:

  • 15/2015 - Change of address for service - Linton Pitt Lawyers
  • 14/2015 - Notice of change of name - CBP Pty Ltd to Colin Biggers and Paisley Pty Ltd
  • 13/2015 - Notice of change of name - de Korte Lawyers to TdK Law
  • 12/2015 - Change of address for service - GRT Lawyers
  • 11/2015 - Change of address for service - Shand Taylor Lawyers
  • 10/2015 - Change of address for service - Lynch Andrews Lawyers

Regulated fee increase

The Governor in Council has approved an increase to court fees from 1 July 2015.

The new fees are contained in the Justice Legislation (Fees) Amendment Regulation (No. 1) 2015 and affect fees prescribed under the following regulations:

  • Appeal Costs Fund Regulation 2010
  • Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Regulation 2003
  • 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) Additionally Planning and Environment Court fees contained in the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 have been increased by the Sustainable Planning Amendment Regulation (No. 2) 2015 to take effect from 1 July 2015.

Civil trial dates up to 31 December 2015, can now be allocated. To obtain trial dates and for information about electronic set down for trial, contact the Civil List Manager.

Practice Direction 9/2015 - Change of address for service

7/2015 - Notice of change of name 

8/2015 - Change of address for service

From Monday 4 May the majority of criminal matters listed to be heard by videoconference in the Brisbane Magistrates Court will be in Court 36 on Level 7 on a Friday, with the first sitting date to be Friday, 8 May 2015. Legal practitioners are asked to complete a Legal Practitioners Contact Details form if a matter they have carriage of is adjourned to this court.

The Domestic and Family Violence Protection Rules 2014 (‘the Rules’) are available online.

The new Rules cover practices and procedures including directions, subpoenas, litigation guardians, how a court may receive evidence, withdrawal of applications and (should costs be awarded) a scale of costs.

The following forms have been updated:

  • Form DV21 Affidavit of Service (now Affidavit of Personal Service)
  • Form DV22A Request for Subpoena
  • Form DV22 Subpoena

The following new forms are available:

  • Form DV25 Affidavit
  • Form DV26 Notice of Change of Address for Service
  • Form DV27 Application to Withdraw
  • Form DV29 Consent of Litigation Guardian
  • Form DV30 Notice of Filing of Media Exhibit
  • Form DV32 Application to Inspect and Copy Subpoenaed Document
  • Form DV34 Request to Inspect and/or Copy Document

New versions of the following forms under the Justices Act 1886 have been approved for use from Friday, 16 January 2015:

Practice Direction 1/2015 - Change of address for service
  • 31/2014 - Rule 599(3) Uniform Civil Procedure Rules - Approval of newspapers for publication of notices
  • 32/2014 - Change of address for service
Practice Direction 14 of 2014 - Notice of change of name
Practice Direction 30/2014 - Notice of change of name

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 2015.

Default judgments

For the period 1 January–30 June 2015 the rate is to remain as 6.5% (Cash Rate of 2.5% + 4%).

Money orders

For the period 1 January–30 June 2015 the rate is to remain 8.5% (Cash Rate of 2.5% + 6%).

Queensland Courts Interest rates page

The Queensland Courts Website interest rates page has been updated.

Practice Direction 6/2014 - Bail proceedings using video link facilities and audio link facilities

The ADR Registrar has released a Practice and procedure update - December 2014 covering:

  • Practice Direction 8 of 2014
  • Consent orders generally
  • Perfection of orders
  • Scanning and ‘USB’ devices
  • Special reviews
  • Section 491B hearing directions

A new online form will be introduced on 8 December 2014, for committal and summary callover matters in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

The online interactive form will allow prosecutors (from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Queensland Police Service Police Prosecutions Corps) and defence legal representatives to request an adjournment online, and upload supporting documentation, if required.

The online adjournment request form will be available on the ‘Your Rights, Crime and the Law’ franchise website.

Requesting parties will be required to submit their request online by no later than 5:00pm 3 business days before the scheduled callover date, and after first obtaining the other party’s consent.

For more information, please refer to Magistrates Courts Practice Direction No. 5 of 2014 – Electronic adjournments for committal and summary callovers.

A new form of Notice of Appeal to the Magistrates Court under the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 (Form 133) was gazetted on 28 November 2014, for use from 1 December 2014.

The form is to be used to commence an appeal to the Magistrates Court and a filing fee (Part 1, Item 4 of Schedule 2 to the Uniform Civil Procedure (Fees) Regulation 2009) is payable to file the notice of appeal unless the act under which the appeal is commenced states otherwise.

Practice Direction 5/2014 - Electronic adjournments for committal and summary callovers
Practice Direction 21/2013 - Contested bail applications (amended) was re-released on Friday, 28 November 2014.
Practice Direction 29/2014 - Change of address for service
Practice Direction 4/2014 - Serious drug offence certificates
Practice Direction 8/2014 - Power of ADR Registrar to make orders or issue directions, Section 491B(1), Sustainable Planning Act 2009, Rule 19, Planning and Environment Court Rules 2010
Practice Direction 21/2013 (amended) - Contested bail applications

Practice Directions:

  • 28/2014 - Change of address for service - Phillips Family Law
  • 27/2014 - Serious drug offence certificates
  • 26/2014 - Change of address for serivce - Thynne and Macartney
  • 25/2014 - Change of address for service - Moray and Agnew Lawyers

On 22 October 2014, Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts throughout Queensland will commence a more streamlined process for debtors to complete the Form 71 - Statement of Financial Position under the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999.

The online Form 71 can be used by a debtor who has been sent a notice to complete a statement of financial position. In addition to providing the debtor with a printed copy of the form, the creditor’s notice may include the following link to the online form. The debtor has a choice to complete either the online or hardcopy version of the form. In any case the creditor will require the debtor to return a completed Form 71 which has been printed, signed and witnessed by a Justice of the Peace.

Completing the online form is far less laborious than completing the hard copy version as the form is interactive with many fields only becoming available if required. The user-friendly form was developed with the aim of reducing non-compliance and increasing efficiencies in the enforcement process for court clients.

  • 09/2014 - Management of controlled items in court precincts
  • 10/2014 - Electronic devices in courtrooms
  • 11/2014 - Notice of change of name
  • 12/2014 - Digitally recorded proceedings: Means of identifying proceeding, those appearing, and witnesses
  • 13/2014 - Serious drug offence certificates
Practice Direction 3/2014 - Management of controlled items in court precincts
Practice Direction 24/2014 - Change of address for service
Practice Direction 23/2014 - Notice of change of name
Practice Direction 2/2014 - Designation of Court Holidays - Registry - 22 December 2014 to 2 January 2015
Practice Direction 8/2014 - Notice of change of name

A new online form for electronic subpoenas will be introduced on 15 September 2014, for criminal matters in the Supreme and District Courts (SDC) in Queensland.

The online interactive form has been designed to enable parties to criminal proceedings in the SDC to request up to 30 subpoenas at once in the same case.

The form is designed to support requests for subpoenas to any SDC location in Queensland. The form translates the information provided into the subpoena format and, when submitted, generates an email to the relevant registry with the requested subpoenas attached.

The subpoenas will be printed in the registry, signed and sealed and either returned by email to the requestor or made available for registry collection, as elected by the requestor. View the online form>>

Civil trial dates up to 24 April 2015, can now be allocated. To obtain trial dates and for information about electronic set down for trial, contact the Civil List Manager

Practice Direction 22/2014 - Notice of change of name
Practice Direction 7/2014 - Notice of change of name
Practice Direction 21/2014 - Notice of change of name
Duty Judge arrangements for the week of the G20 Summit commencing 10 November 2014.
Supreme Court Practice Directions 19/2014 and 20/2014
  • 19/2014 - Designation of court holidays - Registry - 10-19 November 2014
  • 20/2014 - Designation of court holidays - Registry - 22 December 2014 to 2 January 2015
Practice Direction 18/2014 - Approval of newspapers for publication of notices

Regulated fee increase

The Governor in Council has approved an increase to court fees from 1 July 2014.

The new fees are contained in the Justice Legislation (Fees) Amendment Regulation (No.1) 2014 and affect fees prescribed under the following regulations:

  • Appeal Costs Fund Regulation 2010
  • Births Deaths and Marriages Registration Regulation 2003
  • Criminal Practice (Fees) Regulation 2010
  • Evidence Regulation 2007
  • Jury Regulation 2007
  • Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Declarations Regulation 2007
  • Justices Regulation 2004
  • Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Regulation 2009
  • Recording of Evidence Regulation 2008
  • Uniform Civil Procedure (Fees) Regulation 2009 (UCPR)

Practice Direction 17/2014 - Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law Supreme Court, Brisbane - accessways to remain clear

Practice Direction 16/2014 - Change of address for service
Practice Direction 4/2014 - Notice of change of name and address for service
Practice Direction 15/2014 - Notice of change of name and address for service
Practice Direction 1/2014 - Electronic devices in courtrooms
Practice Direction 1/2014 - Conduct of Youth Justice matters and 1/2014A - Youth Justice Notice

Version 2 of Form 104 (as gazetted on 11 April 2014) is now available via the Forms page.

The Youth Justice Act 1992 has been amended to permit the publication of identifying information and opening of Childrens Court for repeat offenders. The sentencing principal that detention is a last resort has been removed. In addition, childhood findings of guilt are admissible for adult sentencing, and recidivist motor vehicle offenders residing in Townsville must be sentenced to a boot camp order.

For more information, download the Legislative amendments (Youth Justice Act 1992) information for legal professionals factsheet.

Monies held by the Court, which are inactive after 6 years, are to be transferred to Consolidated Revenue before the end of June 2014. For more information about this process, please refer to the Court Funds Regulations 2009. Please see the Notice and List of these matters or contact the Registry Funds Officer on 07 3224 8926.

Practice Direction 14/2014 - Rule 599(3) Uniform Civil Procedure Rules - Approval of newspapers for publication of notices

To assist with the transition to electronic filing of documents in the Planning and Environment Court, parties are asked to provide a USB copy of each document filed in this Court.

To encourage the provision of a USB, the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Registrar has directed that priority be given to persons filing documents in the Planning and Environment Court, ONLY if the documents being filed are accompanied by a true and complete copy on a USB. This will enable the Registry to link your documents to the website quickly and accurately.

ADR Registrar

13 March 2014

Practice Direction 13/2014 - Notice of change of address for service

11/2014 - Notice of change of name and address for service

12/2014 - Notice of change of name

Practice direction 10/2014 - Supervised case list involving self represented parties: Civil jurisdiction Brisbane
  • 2014/04 - Criminal jurisdiction - Supreme Court
  • 2014/05 - Criminal listing procedures - Brisbane
  • 2014/06 - Interpreters – applications under the Bail Act 1980 or the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003
  • 2014/07 - Digitally recorded proceedings: means of identifying proceeding, those appearing, and witnesses
  • 2014/08 - Electronic devices in courtrooms
  • 2014/09 - Management of controlled items in court precincts
Practice Direction 2/2014 - Rule 599(3) Uniform Civil Procedure Rules - Approval of newspapers for publication of notices
Practice Direction 1/2014 - Notice of change of name

Due to a change in the Reserve Bank Rate (cash rate) the interest rate to be applied by registrars to default judgments and money orders will vary from 1 January 2014.

Default Judgments

For the period 1 January–30 June 2014 the rate is 6.5% (Cash Rate of 2.5% + 4%)

Money Orders

For the period 1 January–30 June 2014 the rate is 8.5% (Cash Rate of 2.5% + 6%)

Queensland Courts Interest Calculator and Interest Rates Page

Both the calculator and interest rates page have been updated.

Civil trial dates for the period 16 December 2013 - 19 September 2014 can now be allocated. To obtain trial dates and for information about electronic set down for trial, contact the Civil List Manager.

17/2013 - Notice of change of name

18/2013 - Notice of change of name

19/2013 - Substitution in court proceedings of Queensland Building and Construction Commission for Queensland Building Services Authority

Practice Directions:

14/2013 - Notice of change of name

15/2013 - Notice of change of name

Practice Directions:

13/2013 - Notice of change of name

14/2013 - Notice of change of name

Practice Direction 21/2013 - Contested bail applications

Practice Directions:

19/2013 - Citation of authority

20/2013 - Designation of Court holidays - Registry - 23 December 2013 to 3 January 2014

Practice Direction 13/2013 - Identification by registry of filed material subject to legislative publication restriction, and non-party access to that material
Practice Direction 10/2013 - Use of technology for the efficient management of documents in litigation
Practice Direction 12/2013 - Use of technology for the efficient management of documents in litigation
Practice Direction 16/2013 - Citation of authority
Townsville Court registries reopened on Friday, 18 October 2013, and temporary courtrooms are in operation. Thank you for your patience.

14/2013 - Change of address for service

15/2013 - Identification by registry of filed material subject to legislative publication restriction, and non-party access to that material

The Townsville Court complex will be closed from Wednesday, 16 October 2013 until further notice while the building is screened for asbestos. Telephone enquiries will be diverted to other court locations. Thank you for your patience.

The following new versions are now available:

  • Form 37 - Notice of amendment/revocation of a Community Based Order
  • Form 38 - Application for amendment/revocation of a Community Based Order
  • Form 39 - Notice of application for amendment/revocation of a Community Based Order
  • Form 40 - Notice of result of contravention of a Community Based Order

The following new form is now available:

Practice Direction 11/2013 - Notice of change of name
Practice Direction 13/2013 - Change of name for service

New versions of the following forms are now available:

  • Form 48 - Request for trial date (version 6)
  • Form 105 - Affidavit supporting probate application (version 4)
  • Form 106 - Affidavit supporting application for letters of administration with will (version 4)
  • Form 107 - Affidavit of due execution of will/codicil (version 2)
  • Form 108 - Affidavit of handwriting of deceased or attesting witness (version 2)
  • Form 110 - Affidavit to be used when the will is not dated and no one can depose to the actual date of execution (version 2)
  • Form 111 - Affidavit of plight and condition and finding (version 2)

To improve access to Queensland’s busiest Courts, parties, practitioners and other interested parties can now view Daily law lists online for the following Magistrates Courts:

  • Beenleigh
  • Cairns
  • Ipswich
  • Mackay
  • Maroochydore
  • Mount Isa
  • Pine Rivers
  • Rockhampton
  • Southport
  • Toowoomba 
  • Townsville.

To view the Daily law lists follow the link or click on the Daily law lists link on the home page.

Supreme Court Practice Direction 12/2013

District Court Practice Direction 9/2013

Magistrates Court Practice Direction 18/2013

Practice Direction 17/2013 - Proceedings for damages for personal injuries arising out of motor vehicle accidents against Suncorp Metway Insurance Limited or Australian Associated Motor Insurers Limited: Substitution of AAI Limited
Practice Direction 8/2013 - Proceedings for damages for personal injuries arising out of motor vehicle accidents against Suncorp Metway Insurance Limited or Australian Associated Motor Insurers Limited: Substitution of AAI Limited
Practice Direction 11/2013 - Proceedings for damages for personal injuries arising out of motor vehicle accidents against Suncorp Metway Insurance Limited or Australian Associated Motor Insurers Limited: Substitution of AAI Limited.
Regulated fee increase

The Governor in Council has approved an increase to court fees from 1 July 2013.

The new fees are contained in the Justice Legislation (Fees) Amendment Regulation (No.1) 2013 and affect fees prescribed under the following regulations:

  • Appeal Costs Fund Regulation 2010
  • Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Regulation 2003
  • Criminal Practice (Fees) Regulation 2010
  • Evidence Regulation 2007
  • Jury Regulation 2007
  • Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Declarations Regulation 2007
  • Justices Regulation 2004
  • Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Regulation 2009
  • Recording of Evidence Regulation 2008
  • Uniform Civil Procedure (Fees) Regulation 2009 (UCPR)
Planning and Environment Court fee increase

The new fees payable in the Planning and Environment Court are contained in Sustainable Planning Amendment Regulation (No.3) 2013.

Scale of costs – Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 (UCPR)

The Governor in Council also approved an increase to the professional costs claimable under the UCPR.

The new costs are contained in the Uniform Civil Procedure and Another Rule Amendment Rule (No. 1) 2013.

Due to a change in the Reserve Bank Rate (cash rate) the interest rate to be applied by registrars to default judgments and money orders will vary from 1 July 2013.

Default Judgments

For the period 1 July–31 December 2013 the rate is 6.75%

Money Orders

For the period 1 July–31 December 2013 the rate is 8.75%

Queensland Courts Interest Calculator and Interest Rates Page

Both the calculator and interest rates page have been updated.


Practice Direction 2013/10 - Change of address for service
Practice Direction 7/2013 - Notice of change of name
Practice Direction 16/2013 - Recording devices in courtrooms

Guidelines are now available for applicants winding up insolvent companies in the Supreme Court of Queensland (Corporations Court).

To implement an agreement reached by representatives of all Australian jurisdictions, to establish nationally uniform interest rates Practice Directions have been issued for the Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts that base interest rates as follows:

  • For the registrar when entering default judgment under rule 283 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 at the Reserve Bank Cash rate as at 30 June and 31 December each year plus 4%.
  • For a money order at the Reserve Bank Cash rate as at 30 June and 31 December each year plus 6%.
    These rates are applicable in the Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts.

To assist litigants and registry staff calculate interest Queensland Courts have developed an on line interest calculator which can be used to calculate simple interest from 1 November 2000 only.

To expedite requests for default judgment and applications for enforcement hearing summons and enforcement warrants litigants are encouraged to print a report of the calculations and present it to the registrar with their documentation.

The number of courthouses where you can access secure, fast Wi-Fi is growing by the day. Practitioners can now request a Username and Password from an online Courts Wi-Fi Self Service Portal. Self represented litigants can also request access to this service from the Registry counter at Wi-Fi equipped courts.

Practice Direction 8/2013 - Notice of change of name
Version 3 of Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 - Form 106 is now available.
Monies held in Court, which are now inactive after 6 years, are being transferred to Consolidated Revenue before the end of June 2013. For more information about this process, please refer to the Court Funds Regulations 2009. Please see Notice and List of these matters or contact the Registry Funds Officer on 07 3247 4420.

On Friday 22 February 2013 the Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie announced the appointment of Auscript to provide recording and transcription services to Queensland's Courts, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.

Implementation will be staged during 2013 commencing April 2013.

From the 23 April 2013 Auscript Australasia Pty Ltd will commence providing recording and transcription services to the Queensland Courts, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission and the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal. 

The commencement date for the provision of these services will vary by court location.  The Implementation schedule details the transition date for each location.

The purchase of transcripts and audio for court proceedings at each of these locations will be made from Auscript from these dates.

http://www.auscript.com/

Transcripts and audio that relate to court proceedings prior to these dates will continue to be purchased through the Queensland Courts.

http://www.courts.qld.gov.au/about/transcripts-and-recordings

Electronic Lodgement or eLodgement is an online service which allows court users to lodge Magistrates Court civil claims, statements of claim, requests for default judgment and affidavit forms online.

The service is available in all Magistrates Courts throughout the state.

eLodgement allows you to:

  • lodge documents 24 hours a day, seven days a week (documents are transferred to the Magistrates Court between 7:00am and 11:00pm weekdays, including public holidays)
  • track documents online, with instant feedback about whether a document has been filed, rejected or is pending
  • save time by reducing the need to attend the court registry
  • enter details once only (they will be automatically reproduced throughout the lodgement process)
  • access lodgement information remotely over the internet (no extra software required)
  • automatically calculate fees and transaction costs
  • take advantage of flexible billing options
  • access support over the phone or email.

eLodgement services in the Queensland Courts are supplied by CITEC Confirm.

Contact CITEC Confirm on 1800 773 773 or email confirm@citec.com.au

Follow this link to access address and contact information for individual courthouses throughout Queensland.

From 1 February, 2013 it will no longer be a requirement to place an exhibit marking on the original will/codicil when applying for Probate.

Due to the impracticalities of attaching exhibit markings to the original will/codicil, the certificate of exhibit Form 47 (UCPR) should now be placed on the back of a photocopy of the original will/codicil either by printing or label.

The first paragraph of the applicant’s affidavit Form 105 (UCPR) should be altered to read:

  1. “A photocopy of the true and original last will [and codicil] of the deceased is the document which is exhibit ## to this affidavit, the original of which is lodged herewith.”

The photocopy (with the exhibit markings) should be filed with the affidavit and the original will/codicil (without any exhibit markings) should be lodged with the affidavit.

As of the 10 December 2012, the Supreme and District Courts will increase the Warrant Secuity Deposit. The Warrant Security for Possession of Land will be increased to $2000.00 and for Seizure and Sale $2500.00. For more information, please call 07 3247 4322 or email SDCenforcement@justice.qld.gov.au.

In anticipation of Justice Jackson assuming the conduct of most of the matters that are presently allocated to Justice Applegarth on the Commercial List, Justice Jackson will conduct future reviews in those matters.

Listing of reviews should be arranged with the Associate to Justice Jackson, phone 07 3008 8736, email associate.jacksonj@justice.qld.gov.au with any emails copied to the Commercial List Manager comcausemanager@justice.qld.gov.au.

Some matters will still be reviewed and tried by Justice Applegarth. However, unless you are notified otherwise, you should assume that your matter will be supervised and reviewed in the future by Justice Jackson.

From 21 August 2012, a levy will be applied to any offender (other than a child) sentenced in a Queensland Court.

The Offender Levy is not an order of the court and does not form part of any sentence imposed by a judge or magistrate.

Visit the Department of Justice and Attorney-General website to learn more about Criminal justice procedure reform.

An email service is now available for Supreme and District Courts draft orders. Draft orders can be forwarded to SDC.orders@justice.qld.gov.au

Please note: this service does not apply to orders made in the Court of Appeal, the Planning and Environment Court or the District Court (Appellate Jurisdiction).