SMS reminder service

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.