Steps to obtaining a trial date

Follow the steps below to obtain a callover in the District Court or a trial date by email in the Supreme Court.

District Court

To request a trial date (callover) in the District Court:

  1. File Form 48 - Request for trial date (DOC, 89.5 KB) at the registry counter on ground level or via post.
  2. If the trial is expected to take more than 1 day, pay the relevant setting down and hearing fee when filing the request. You may apply to the registrar to have the fee reduced if paying the fee is likely to cause hardship.
  3. If your application can’t be dealt with in the two hour time limit and parties agree on potential dates for the matter to be allocated a day in the civil trial list, email the District Court civil list manager at dc-civillistmanager@justice.qld.gov.au.
  4. Alternatively, if parties cannot agree on the relisting of the application which exceeds the two hours, file Form 9 - Application (UCPR) (DOC, 45.5 KB) to obtain a trial date from a judge. Email the District Court civil list manager for available trial dates before the matter is heard by a judge.
  5. For an application exceeding two hours, you can obtain a specific trial date by lodging a Request for allocation of trial date - District Court (Brisbane Registry) (DOC, 1004.6 KB) via e-mail to dc-civillistmanager@justice.qld.gov.au.
  6. The Request for allocation of trial date - District Court (DOC, 1004.6 KB) form may also be used where parties have already filed the Form 48 - Request for trial date (DOC, 89.5 KB) and their chosen dates are unavailable or their date preferences were not included in the Form 48 initially.

Supreme Court

To obtain a trial date in the Supreme Court:

  1. View the Supreme Court's available dates calendar. If possible, choose 3 available dates that are suitable for all parties.
  2. File a Form 48 - Request for trial date (DOC, 89.5 KB) in the registry and nominate the 3 dates on the form. You should also state any periods of time that are not suitable.
  3. If the trial is expected to take more than 1 day:
    1. pay the setting down and hearing fee when filing the request. If paying the fee is likely to cause hardship, you may apply to the registrar to have the fee reduced.
    2. you will be required to attend a case management conference. You will be notified of the conference by email. At the conference, trial dates will be allocated.
  4. If the trial is expected to take one day or less, contact the civil list manager by email to CivilListManager@justice.qld.gov.au (copied to the other parties to the proceeding). Request a trial date and provide the suitable dates agreed by the parties.

If you don’t have a computer or internet access:

  1. Contact the civil list manager by phone on (07) 3247 4313 or by mail to Box 15167, City East Qld 4002.
  2. The civil list manager will advise you of available dates for the trial.
  3. Choose 3 dates suitable for all parties and advise the civil list manager in writing.
  4. The civil list manager will list the matter for trial.

Contacts

If you have any queries or problems, contact the appropriate person below: