Media

Working with Queensland Courts

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COVID-19 response

Queensland Courts are responding to the evolving impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and have implemented a range of changes to court operations.

Queensland Courts are open and hearing cases. Whilst this involves the use of telephone and video conferences, media representatives are able to continue to observe court matters from the physical courtrooms whilst respecting social distancing rules.

Daily law lists

Refer to the daily law lists of the Supreme Court, District Court, Industrial Court, Land Court and Magistrates Court.

Media representatives can apply to receive these by email by contacting media.relations@justice.qld.gov.au or MediaSDC@justice.qld.gov.au.

Coroners Court sittings

Refer to the monthly schedule of sittings (PDF, 168.2 KB) of the Coroners Court of Queensland.

Department of Justice and Attorney-General Media Unit will advise media representatives when coronial findings are due to be handed down.

Routine media enquiries about court appearance dates and outcomes

Contact the courthouse where the matter is listed.

Search for a court file

There are several options for searching and accessing files and documents used in Queensland Courts.

Media enquiries for the Magistrates Courts, Coroners Court and the Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Contact the Department of Justice and Attorney-General Media Unit:
media.relations@justice.qld.gov.au
+61 7 3738 9295

Media enquiries for the Supreme Court, District Court and Land Court

Contact the Principal Information Officer:
MediaSDC@justice.qld.gov.au
+61 7 3738 7640

Media court identification cards

Accredited media representatives in Brisbane can apply for, renew or replace a media court identification card by submitting the application form (DOC, 346.5 KB) to the Principal Information Officer.

During the COVID-19 response, contact the Principal Information Officer for details of special arrangements to produce and receive the card.

Courts and tribunals

Queensland Courts and tribunals

Courts around Australia and in New Zealand

Refer to the list of Brisbane and regional court locations.

Refer to the maps of courts and tribunals in the Brisbane inner city, South East Queensland (PDF, 3.4 MB) and Queensland (PDF, 4.3 MB).

Court reporting guide

Refer to the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council’s Court reporting guide for journalists.

Adult sentencing in Queensland

Refer to the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council’s Sentencing guide.

Jury process

View our videos to understand the selection and role of jurors in Queensland Courts.

Reporting on domestic and family violence

Refer to the Queensland Government Domestic and family violence media guide.

Judicial members

Judges of the Supreme Court

Judges of the District Court

Magistrates of Queensland (including Coroners)

Judges of the Planning and Environment Court

Members of the Land Court

Court statistics

Statistics about Queensland Courts may be contained in a range of publications, the domestic and family violence data collection, or may require a specific data request (PDF, 984.1 KB).

Non publication orders

Media representatives can verify the terms of non-publication orders related to court proceedings by emailing media.relations@justice.qld.gov.au or MediaSDC@justice.qld.gov.au.

Using electronic devices in courtrooms

Refer to the Supreme Court practice direction: 2014/08 - Electronic devices in courtrooms (PDF, 260.7 KB)

Access to exhibits

Media representatives can apply to Queensland Courts (using Form 1 (DOC, 25.0 KB)) to copy an exhibit for publication.

Recording and broadcasting judgment remarks

Refer to the arrangements and procedures for media representatives to record and broadcast a court’s judgment remarks (PDF, 126.8 KB).

Media representatives may apply to the court to record and broadcast judgment remarks by submitting the application form (PDF, 298.4 KB) to MediaSDC@justice.qld.gov.au.

Reporting from outside the QEII Courts of Law

Refer to the Supreme Court practice direction: 2014/17 - Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law Supreme Court, Brisbane accessways to remain clear

Decisions

Refer to decisions of various Queensland courts and findings of the Coroners Court.

Not all court decisions are published.

In some matters, Judges of the Supreme Court may reserve a judgment.

Queensland Courts annual reports

Refer to the various annual reports published by Queensland Courts.

Judicial articles and speeches by individual judges and magistrates

Other judicial publications are available through the Supreme Court Library Queensland.

Access to the Supreme Court Library Queensland

Media representatives can access resources of the Supreme Court Library Queensland online or on Level 12 of the QEII Courts of Law.