COVID-19 response - Magistrates Court

Queensland Courts ARE open and hearing cases.

Court attendance

Refer to the information below for each court on attendance requirements.

Queensland Health advise that people should stay at home if they are feeling unwell or have been overseas in the past 14 days.

This includes if you are experiencing a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath.

If you consider that this advice applies to you, please DO NOT ATTEND a court location. Seek medical attention.

If you are required in court, you should phone the courthouse registry by phone to advise that you are unwell and await advice about what you are required to do.

If you display these symptoms after you have entered court, staff may ask you to leave.

These measures will assist in reducing the potential for transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Queensland Courts will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 advice being provided by health authorities and act accordingly.

The following measures are being put in place to support the safety of court users:

Maintain safe distancing

  • Follow COVID-19 signage instructions about safe distancing and the directions of court staff and security officers
  • Staff may limit the number of people entering the courthouse to ensure safe distancing can be maintained
  • Leave a one seat space in the public gallery (unless family/same household)
  • You may be required to leave a courtroom at any time, if necessary, for court proceedings to continue.

Hygiene and cleaning

  • Follow COVID-19 signage instructions about good hygiene practices
  • Use the hand sanitiser, disinfectant wipes, tissues and bins provided
  • In addition to daily routine cleaning on court sitting days, contact flat surfaces in courtrooms and high touch surfaces in  public areas will be cleaned more regularly.

Refer to information about Court stakeholders' responsibilities.

Refer to information about Juror Safety

For the latest updates from Queensland Health, visit the Queensland Health Website.

Magistrates Courts COVID-19 Management Principles

Magistrates Courts COVID-19 Transition Plan

Practice Direction 5 of 2020 - COVID-19 court arrangements

Practice Direction 6 of 2020 - COVID-19 court arrangements (Childrens Court)

Brisbane Magistrates Court Remand List Communique

Practice Direction 3 of 2020 - Court arrangements (COVID-19)

Practice Direction 3 of 2020 - Court arrangements (COVID-19) Guidelines - Cairns and Far North Queensland

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

Notice in accordance with paragraph 6 of Practice Direction No. 3 of 2020 (amended) and paragraph 4 of Practice Direction 4 of 2020 (amended)

Practice Direction 4 of 2020 - Court arrangements (COVID-19 in the Childrens Court when constituted by a Magistrate

Brisbane Magistrates Court - Designated matters and urgent applications: Listing procedures

Statutory Declarations for private domestic violence applications

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